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editorial. Hot damn, it’s gonna be a hell of a Halloween. I remember being maybe four years old, dressing up in my Batman costume and preparing to fight crime and get candy. My darling mother dressed up as Catwoman to walk me around the neighborhood, but she screwed it up… she didn’t want to be a mean Catwoman, she wanted to be nice, friendly, whiskered Catwoman. Uggh. To me, Halloween is a time for scaring, a time for fear. I was quite certain, even then, that she was missing the point. And so, for the next 20 years, I made it my mission to get all creepy-crawly in October. Severed hands in the candy bowl, marathon viewings of all the “Halloween” movies (even the crappy one that somehow connects Michael Myers with the druid cult), and enough bloody face paint to supply the entire “Game of Thrones” cast… Sometimes the costumes would get me in trouble. One year, partying down in New Paltz, I decided to go for funny instead of scary, and dressed up (yes, actually dressed up) as a flasher. Within minutes of beginning my stroll down Main Street, no less than four cops surrounded me, under the impression that I was the actual flasher that had been harassing kids earlier that night (it’s a strange town, New Paltz). The cops were no more amused when I explained that the three foot long wooden phallus sticking out of my boxers was in fact fake, and they threatened to arrest me anyway if I didn’t ditch it. I ditched it, grudgingly. Somewhere around age 20, I lost my motivation. The costumes got less elaborate, the candy selection teetered dangerously close to Tootsie Rolls and Mary Janes, and the workload of the real world got in my way. Last year I don’t remember doing much of anything at all. Well, dear readers, that slump is over. This year, I’m going all out. We’ve toyed with a theme issue since Carousel first came out, and what better month than October? This here paper, this Halloween Special Edition, has expanded page counts… just so we can tell you all that’s scary in the region. Paranormal investigations, haunted houses, graveyard exploration- we’ve tried to provide a little something for everyone. But, that’s not all! We’re also throwing a Ball! We mentioned it briefly last month, but now you can get all the dirt on the Triple Cities Scare-ousel Fantasmagoric Freakshow Ball! Just flip through a few pages. There’s no need for me to describe it in detail here, but rest assured, you’re not going to want to miss this creepshow. I’d talk more, but it’s time to start decorating. See y’all soon! -Christopher M.F. Bodnarczuk
TRIPLE CITIES CAROUSEL P.O. BOX 2947 BINGHAMTON, NY 13902 Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Christopher Bodnarczuk Assistant Editor/Calendar Guru Ty Whitbeck Advertising Christopher Bodnarczuk, Kathleen Klein Staff Writers Charles Berman, Stacey Burke, Julian Kappel, Brian Kerins, Heather Merlis, Kaitlin Mooney, Maria Murphy, Rose Silberman-Gorn, Dan Spaventa, Ronnie Vuolo, Felicia Waynesboro, Ahlpheh Ohtis Wilson, Taze Yanik Contributors Jason Krueger, Kevin Salisbury, Kristina Strain, Eric Yetter Photography Ty Whitbeck Layout/Design Christopher Bodnarczuk Youth Liason Ahlpheh Ohtis Wilson Cover Art “The Conjuring”- Dave “Cabal” Francisco Printer Our Press Chenango Bridge, NY FOR ADVERTISING: firstname.lastname@example.org FOR SUBMISSIONS: email@example.com FOR LETTERS, COMPLAINTS, PRAISE, DEATH THREATS, AND MORE INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the September issue’s “Binghamton 101” special feature, we mistakenly refer to Lampy’s Mediterranean Grill as “Number 5’s more expensive counterpart.” In fact, Lampy’s is Number 5’s less expensive counterpart. We stand by our claims that the food at both restaurants is phenomenal, though. Carousel humbly apologizes for any inconvenience this mistake may have caused, and we encourage you to check out both places during your culinary adventures.
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CAROUSEL PRESENTS: BLUES LEGENDS
PROFESSOR LOUIE AND THE CROWMATIX
Ty Whitbeck Assistant Editor
The musicality of Binghamton is growing exponentially by the minute. In recognizing this, we notice that the sheer amplitude of what’s going on here is better than it’s ever been for this generation. Cyber Café West has been one of the area’s premiere hubs of live music since 1997, and their humility (and sometimes recklessness) has allowed them to take chances, think “big time,” and muster up the gusto to make each show more memorable than the last. Inarguably the biggest show at the Cyber since this past July’s New Riders of the Purple Sage concert, October’s installment of the Carousel Presents concert series gets all bluesy with Professor Louie & the Crowmatix on Friday, October 4th. Professor Louie (born Aaron Hurwitz) has quite the report attached to his alias. With roots planted in Woodstock, NY, he has made a name for himself writing and recording songs with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Band. He recorded over one hun-
dred songs and three albums with them over 15 years- filling in on keyboards, background vocals, studio production and live sound engineering; a true jack-of-all-trades.
His early years were spent studying piano and learning under some of the heavy teachers of the New York City music programs at the Henry Street Settlement and Jazz Mobile. Hurwitz became immersed in R&B and rock and roll before sowing the seeds of his passion for organic roots music. In doing so, he came into contact with Rick Danko, who at the time was trying to reunite The Band with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson. Hurwitz and Hudson collaborated on piano arrangements throughout the 80s and recorded some tracks at Helm’s studio in Woodstock. Starting in 1993, Hurwitz’s credentials can be seen on The Band’s “Jericho,” “High On the Hog,” and “Jubilation” albums. It wasn’t until he started playing shows with Danko that he acquired the “Professor Louie” moniker. “Most of the guys in The Band used their middle names, and mine was Louie, so when Rick started calling me Professor Louie onstage, it stuck,” recalls the Professor. “I have always felt it was a great compliment to have someone as talented as Rick give me a lifelong nickname.” The Crowmatix are nothing to shake a stick at, either. With such an incredible lineup, it’s definitely a
“who’s who” of the Woodstock blues players. These guys served as backing band on solo albums for Danko, Helm, Hudson, and Commander Cody, as well as countless others. Each of the members of the Crowmatix has a resume that could give the most seasoned veteran a kick in the pants. Drummer Gary Burke made a career playing with Bob Dylan, Graham Parker and Van Morrison; bassist Frank Campbell has played with Steve Forbert and also on the Rick Danko/Levon Helm duo tours of the 70s and 80s; Josh Colow is an in demand, chart topping R&B guitarist signed to EMI Europe; Miss Marie Spinosa has played with The Band and also has wielded an arsenal of instruments on a number of session tracks over the course of her career in the Crowmatix.
Blues Hall of Fame. Their blend of blues and Americana is timeless and has remained on the charts for the last 10 years.
“We all met through various recording projects, and at the time I was looking for the best players to work in the studio with me,” says Louie. “Rick Danko really helped in getting us going on our own, though.”
You heard it here, folks- we’re being complimented on the level of musicianship in Binghamton by a band carrying as much clout as holding The Band together years after the hippie nostalgia of “The Last Waltz” wore off; that’s saying something about our little arts town, no?
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix came to fruition in 2001, and they began writing and recording original music as fast as their fingers would let them. They released eight studio albums and two live albums on the Woodstock Records label and their 2012 release “Wings on Fire” was nominated for four Grammy’s. They are also inductees of the Canadian Blues Society and the American Heritage
Averaging over 150 shows a year in the United States, Canada, and Europe, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix tie a lasso around the globe. They are no strangers to Binghamton, either. This past year they played the Binghamton Blues and Jazz Festival downtown (part of July Fest), and they have appeared at other local venues over the years. “We are on a short tour to western New York, and Binghamton was an obvious choice to book. We really like it here, and there are great musicians here. We hope to make Binghamton a regular stop,” says Louie.
For the band to grace us with their presence is truly an honor. Let Professor Louie & the Crowmatix be the cream of your First Friday Arts Walk crop. Tickets are limited, but for a low price of $10, you can witness history in the making at the Cyber Café West (176 Main St, Binghamton) at 9pm on October 4th. Over and out.
FOURTEEN SHOTS AND/OR DEAD WITH DR. EF AND THE RUDIMENTARY OF SOUND
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show was to begin with just the two of them. We downed three shots each before 9:30pm, when we were joined by Tony Sulzynski. As the two singers played a mellow set of originals, Sulzynski and I drank a shot each while in deep conversation about dentures and those puffy cartoon stickers that were given out for good behavior at everyone’s childhood dentist’s office.
Chris Bodnarczuk Editor-in-Chief
It began with a premonition. Back in 2001, 17 year old Dan Pokorak had a vision. A dead woman came to him in a dream, looked him straight in the eyes and said “you’re going to die on Friday the 13th. In September.” Pokorak, a man who has learned to listen to his visions, took the promise seriously.
During the first set break, I proudly proclaimed that I had drank four shots and therefore was ahead of the challenge. Pokorak laughed and informed me that he and Dyer were up to eight each. While the set-break band played, I took advantage of the band’s open tab and ordered two doubles, on them. “Aha!,” I proclaimed. “I’m up to eight!”
“One time when the universe spoke to me, it told me to call a friend and tell her to take a different route on her drive home. She thought I was crazy, but she listened. When she got to her apartment, she found that it had been ransacked by burglars, burglars she would have had to deal with if she had taken the quick way.”
Now it was up to Dyer to tell me I was behind. “We’ve had eleven,” he said. There was still an hour before midnight. The night got hazy after that. This much is for sure: I caught up on the shot count, Brian Sulzynski showed up and played a solo set on guitar to fill time before Yanick arrived from his other gig (he was playing bass with The Lutheran Skirts down the road at Lost Dog), I got a bunch of great quotes on an audio recorder before promptly deleting them, and midnight came and went without Pokorak dying. Oh, and more shots.
The following year, Pokorak beat death, as Friday, September 13th came and went without so much as a nosebleed. In 2013, Friday the 13th came to September for the first time in eleven years, and the question remained: would he survive? Back in August, when he told me of the vision, I had to laugh. For close to five years, I have been drinking alongside this man, a tall, lanky musician with a penchant for scarves and the word “tyrant” tattooed on his neck. We have spent many nights over a bottle of Jameson, both spewing ideas that would get more and more absurd as the night would progress. This time, something in his eyes told me that the vision was different. Pokorak, whose diabetes almost left him dead two years ago, believed that this would be his final undoing. Allow me to rewind for a minute, if you will. Dan Pokorak is the lead singer/rhythm guitar player for Dr. EF and the Rudimentary of Sound, a band he founded and has been performing with throughout the region for over a decade (the EF, naturally, stands for Engel Flaffendaffen). The unofficial house band of The Belmar and Fitzies, Dr. EF has tenured a ridiculous amount of local musicians through the years with their ever changing blend of rock and roll and folk. They fit eleven people on stage at their largest, and are known to host a revolving door of guests at their shows. The current lineup consists of Pokorak, vocalist Justin Dyer, lead guitarist Taze Yanick (a highly esteemed staff writer for this very publication), drummer/percussionist Tony Sulzyns-
Dan Pokorak (L) with Taze Yanick onstage with Doctor EF and the Rudimentary of Sound. Photo by Patti Hart.
ki, and his brother, bassist Brian Sulzynski. They are known for their extremely energetic live shows, their layered songwriting, the occasional extended jam, and their ability to drink enough Irish whiskey to kill mere mortals. It would be unfair to his bandmates for Pokorak to sit around at home waiting to die on a perfectly good Friday night, and so a show was hatched. I agreed to come write about the event, for better or worse. To up the ante a bit, I decided to go shotfor-shot with the band at the gig, which was to take place at The Belmar Pub, the only place in town
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By the time the full band took the stage, it was well past 1am, and I was glad to see that the members were just as inebriated as me. That said, while I stumbled in and out of the bar for cigarettes, they somehow managed to keep not only a beat, but the whole bar on its feet. The banter in between songs may have been full of slurs, but the singing, the guitar playing, and the backbeat of the drums and bass was all on point. They may be a bunch of drunks, but they’re a damn talented bunch of drunks.
“There’s no way you’ll be able to keep up,” Dyer commented upon hearing the plan. I was up for the challenge. On Friday the 13th, after eating enough bread to preemptively soak up the whiskey that was to come, I strolled to the bar.
According to a few late night text messages, I left the bar after the fourteenth shot, at roughly 2:40am. The band was still playing, and I got a ride home from a friend. Also according to a few late night text messages, I asked that same friend to come back to my house to make out with me, a proposition she somehow was able to say no to. I had failed my task to go shot-for-shot with the band. Pokorak was alive, and I was out of an amazing feature article.
The first to arrive, I nursed a beer until Pokorak and Dyer made an appearance. The rest of the band had other commitments early in the night, so the
Friday the 13th does not fall in September again until 2019. I swear, next time I’ll make it through the night, and Pokorak won’t.
with enough Jameson to accommodate. It seemed only fair to be on a level playing field, to risk my own death by alcohol poisoning.
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JANIVA MAGNESS AND MURALI CORYELL TO PLAY THE VENUE
to Hendrix or Santana (with whom his he lived in 1971- he got the name Murali, “divine flute,” from the same guru who named Santana “Devadip” and John McLaughlin “Mahavishnu”), or the Memphis soul produced by labels such as Hi and Stax Records, i.e. ripping guitar chops and a deep, gritty voice. Coryell has opened for big names like George Thorogood, Greg Allman, B.B. King and Wilson Pickett, but he is best known for playing small venues around New York, commuting from his home in Woodstock. (Interestingly, he often utilizes local session musicians for performances rather than traveling with a regular backing band). He has eight albums to his credit since 1995. His most recent project, “Live,” pairs a live recording from The Helsinki Club in New York with a DVD concert from the Roots and Blues Festival in Vancouver, B.C., in a two disc set. Says “Living Blues” magazine, “Coryell’s effortlessly smooth, funky chops and smoky vocals dominate a set that is as loose and uninhibited as it is delicately passionate... Stretching out, as to leave no corner of the stage sweat-free, Murali and his band go heavy on the hot sauce, turning in a performance that likely left a few blisters.” Check out Muralicoryell.com for samples.
Taze Yanick Staff Writer
On October 18th, Janiva Magness and Murali Coryell play The Venue (formerly Flashbacks/Paradigm) on State Street. They are two great blues artists who should be heard by all. Magness has got some real soul and her band kills. Listen to “I Won’t Cry” (on youtube or her website, janivamagness.com) to get a sense of the power of her voice and the depth of her talent. That song won her the Blues Music Award’s 2013 “Song of the Year trophy. It’s on her most recent album “Stronger for It” (her eighth) which won her Contemporary Blues Female Artist award. The album spent multiple weeks at #1 on the Blues and Roots Radio Charts, was #1 on the Living Blues Radio Charts, and spent time in the Top 10 for Billboard Magazine Blues charts. She was named BB King Entertainer of the Year in 2009, the second woman ever to get that honor.
Janiva Magness. Photo by Jef Jaisun.
The great Mavis Staples says of Magness, “Sista Janiva’s robust and soulful voice is showering each cut with determination to make us all fall in love. Her delivery is, as always, sincere and straight from the heart. Sweet Soul Music is alive and kickin.” Or take it from “Chicacgo Sun-Times:” “Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy. A master of the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by funk or soul sounds, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty.”
Magness has another story besides blues music. Born in Detroit, she lost both of her parents to suicide before she reached her mid-teens. Placed in a series of a dozen foster homes, she was pregnant at the age of 17, and gave her baby daughter up for adoption. She is now dedicated to the cause of foster families, having served as Spokesperson for National Foster Care Month and Ambassador for Foster Care Alumni of America. Last year, she give a keynote speech for the 8th Annual Child Welfare
Conference for the State of Michigan on “Permanency– Engaging Older Foster Youth for Positive Outcomes.” Magness says in her blog, “What an incredible experience. I am truly blessed in countless ways.”
Chris Bodnarczuk Editor-in-Chief
tions came somewhat late in life. Until recently, he played guitar as a simple hobby. That all changed several years ago, when Driver (an engineer and mathematician by trade) asked some friends for a bit of an unconventional birthday present: he wanted a stage. And so, on his fiftieth birthday, a crew converged to build what has become the cornerstone of Doodad Farm, a grassroots-style performance space and music venue on the property that Driver and his wife call home.
has a Binghamton connection as well, as members of local heroes Driftwood guest on several tracks.
Murali Coryell will be joining Magness at The Venue. The son of the great jazz/fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, he has taken a different path- hard driving electric blues. His style is sometimes compared
The Venue Sports Bar and Music Hall is located at 93 State Street in Downtown Binghamton. Tickets for the Magness/Coryell show on the 18th are $35. There will also be a VIP meet-and-greet dinner with Janiva Magness October 17th at Terra Cotta, 81 State street at 7p.m. Tickets are $50. Other concerts coming through in October included Binghamton’s own Salsa Libre on October 3rd, and comedian Doug Stanhope on the 30th. For more info, check out thevenuesportsbar.com.
CAROUSEL PRESENTS: DEAN DRIVER AND JOE WEIL The Old Union Hotel is no stranger to live music. Since the new owners reopened the legendary Clinton Street bar in late 2012, they have hosted quite a few local favorites: Nashville country musicians Aaron Ratierre and Charlie Pate made an appearance last month; Pete Ruttle plays a blend of folk, country, and blues every Friday, usually bringing with him a crew of special guests; and most recently, Milkweed took up an every-other-Tuesday residency. This tradition of rootsy live music continues on Wednesday, October 16th, when Dean Driver and Joe Weil take the stage for an evening of music and storytelling. Dean Driver is a singer/songwriter from Greensboro, NC, touring in support of his debut album, “Late Bloomer.” As the title implies, Driver’s musical ambi-
Since that stage got built, on the side of a 150 year old tobacco shed, the musical future of not just Doodad Farm, but also Driver, has Dean Driver. Photo Provided. been set. An open-membership band called “The Doodad Beat Farmers” was created by Driver and some friends, and a monthly open mic session led to a passion for songwriting for the man that was more familiar with airplane schematics than chord progressions. Driver released an album of originals in early 2013, featuring his complex chord structures and self reflective and often humorous lyrics. “Late Bloomer,”
Joe Weil is better known in these parts as a poet. A professor of English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University, he is also a “late bloomer” of sorts. While writing and publishing for most of his life, the role of “professor” was not one he ever expected to fill, at least not in the traditional sense. Weil was forced to drop out of Rutgers University in the 1970s (after the untimely death of his mother) to care for an ailing father. Once his father passed, Weil took a series of factory jobs that kept him busy for over two Joe Weil. Photo Provided. decades, in order to support himself and his younger siblings. His time as a factory worker and union organizer at National Tool in Elizabeth, NJ became one of the biggest inspirations for his poetry, which paints vivid pictures of an America that far too few people realize exists anymore. During his free time, Weil played in several country-rock bands, and began writing and attending
every poetry reading and open mic he could find. He eventually found himself teaching workshops to inner-city high school kids, which then led to a position teaching poetry at Binghamton University. Along the way, Weil published a series of poetry books, leading to profiles on PBS and in The New York Times.
His music mirrors his working class roots just as his poetry does. Mixing delicate-yet-rough songwriting with the occasional traditional mining song, he glides seamlessly from the page to the piano, and often the guitar as well. He has played alongside countless musicians, from soon forgotten locals to ska legend Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers. His Union Hotel gig promises to bring with it lots of stories, and most likely, lots of special guests. Weil takes the stage first on the night of October 16th, around 8pm. Driver will follow. The show is free, courtesy of The Old Union Hotel and your friends at Triple Cities Carousel. The Old Union Hotel is located at 246 Clinton Street in Binghamton.
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“The Addams Family” musical comes to the Forum on October 13th. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’ MUSICAL OOZES INTO FORUM FOR FIRST OFF-BROADWAY PERFORMANCE
Rose Silberman-Gorn Staff Writer
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, and they’re coming to Binghamton’s Forum Theatre this October, just in time for Halloween. The Forum Theatre is excited to present The Addams Family on October 13th. The musical, which originally ran on Broadway from 2010 to 2012, is being relaunched as a 2013-2014 tour across the US, beginning in our very city of Binghamton. “The Addams Family” is of course based on the Addams Family cartoons by Charles Addams, which ran in the New Yorker between 1938 and 1988. Addams’s iconic characters, an odd, wealthy family with
an affinity for the macabre, have been interpreted in various forms of entertainment throughout the past few decades. Their most famous incarnations were the 1964-66 TV show, which introduced the snappy theme song, and the 1991 and 1993 movies. This is the first time the characters have been interpreted for the stage.
Albert Nocciolino, a Binghamton native, founded NAC Entertainment in 1976. In addition to bringing Broadway shows to other cities, NAC also produces shows in New York with Independent Presenters Network. Nocciolino has won four Tony awards for his producing efforts, including Best Musical in 2013 for “Kinky Boots.”
“The Addams Family” tells the story of a grown-up Wednesday Addams, who has fallen in love with a nice, normal Midwestern boy. Morticia and Gomez Addams host a dinner to meet Wednesday’s beau and his family, and hilarious complications ensue. The musical is an original story based on Charles Addams’s cartoons, and is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa, and the show is directed by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott.
Bringing Broadway shows to Binghamton is no easy task; it requires time and connections. “We start bringing a show to a city a couple of years in advance,” explains Broadway in Binghamton representative Deb Ricciardi. “We’re members of the Broadway League and have a relationship with the owners of Broadway shows.”
Responsible for bringing the musical to Binghamton is NAC Entertainment, a local organization which presents national touring Broadway Shows to various cities around New York and Pennsylvania. The department of NAC focused on Binghamton is called “Broadway in Binghamton.”
“The Addams Family,” however, is so good that it’s well worth the effort. “I’ve seen the show four times. The music is fun, and the cast is terrific,” raves Ricciardi. “It’s very comedic and has something for everybody. There’s been a standing ovation at all the shows I’ve been to.” The musical is great for families, or for anyone who fondly remembers the TV show, as it begins with the iconic theme song. “The minute the orchestra starts with
the theme song, the audience starts snapping their fingers,” says Ricciardi. Broadway in Binghamton is bringing a mix of different shows to Binghamton for the rest of the season, including the family friendly “Sesame Street Live” and the very non-family friendly “50 Shades! The Musical.” Other upcoming shows include “Midtown Men,” “Menopause the Musical,” and “American Idiot,” as well as classics like “Hello Dolly” and “West Side Story.” All shows will be held at the Broome County Forum Theatre.
“The Addams Family” will take place on October 13th at 3pm and 7pm at the Broome County Forum Theatre, located at 236 Washington Street in Binghamton. Tickets range from $35 to $55, and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. They can also be purchased by visiting the Forum box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800)745-3000. For more information on NAC Entertainment or Broadway in Binghamton, please visit nacentertainment. com or broadwaybinghamton.com.
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“DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER” AT BU” (PLEASE DO WHEN DINING ELSEWHERE)
Dan Spaventa Staff Writer
Don’t Dress for Dinner, a two-act play from French playwright Marc Camoletti, will play at the Chamber Hall Theater in Binghamton University’s Anderson Center from October 18th to October 27th. The farce tells the story of Bernard, a desperate Frenchman who wishes to send his wife away for a long weekend so that he can plan a romantic evening with his mistress. He sets all the pieces in motion to the best of his abilities, encouraging his wife to visit her mother for the weekend and hiring a renowned Cordon Bleu chef to cook a meal for his night with his mistress. As one could expect, the plan quickly implodes into a ridiculous weekend of mistaken identities, mistrust, and betrayal. The madcap comedy features numerous instances of hidden identities and infidelities that push the characters and their relationships to the edge. Thrusting a man, his wife, his mistress, his old college buddy, and a random cook-for-hire under one roof sounds like a recipe for some chaotic fun, and indeed it is. The love triangle that emerges from this botched plan will provide a comical night for all in attendance. The production, directed by Binghamton University theatre professor and seasoned theatre director
Carol Hanscom, comes to BU straight after a successful Broadway run in 2012. It ran originally in France, where it was performed in, well, French. Binghamton University’s production features an English adaptation by Robin Hawdon. A small cast of less than ten people will take the stage, allowing for some intimate exploration into the connections between them and their reactions to unexpected conflicts. Some moments of the show tread into the dramatic, as ultimately the story is catalyzed by Bernard’s betrayal of his wife. Ultimately though, this does not outshadow the humor in the show, with audiences sure to empathize with Robert even through his less honorable actions. The set does not change much throughout the show, giving the cast and audience an intimate setting for a story about relationships, love, and friendship. Any fan of comedy will surely enjoy this production from a great corps of Binghamton University students and faculty. In a Mainstage season that also includes the renowned hit musical “Rent,” “Don’t Dress for Dinner” makes up for what it lacks in widespread name recognition with its witty script and riotous characters. “Don’t Dress for Dinner” will run at the Chamber Hall Theater in Binghamton University’s Anderson Center on October 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th at 8pm and on October 27th at 2pm. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission, $12 for BU faculty and staff, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students with a valid student ID. Subscriptions and tickets are now available at the Anderson Center Box Office, or by phone at (607)-777-2787.
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COMES TO OWEGO’S
TI-AHWAGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Dan Spaventa Staff Writer
Tri-Cities Opera is set to open its 2013-2014 mainstage season with a production of Georges Bizet’s classic opera Carmen at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton. “Carmen” tells the story of the downfall of Don Jose, a naïve soldier in 1820s Seville, Spain, who falls victim to a seductive temptress named Carmen. The corporal begins the play loyal to his fellow soldiers and his longtime sweetheart Miceala. As time goes on however, the gypsy Carmen makes a lasting impression on him and ultimately inspires him to desert both his fellow soldiers and his sweetheart. After a few foolish choices, Don Jose has no other option but to go on the run with Carmen and her gang of gypsies. The story moves quickly and never loses momentum over its four acts. A seductive musical score accompanies the often quick-paced action. The music goes a long way in representing the repressed emotions of characters that come to fruition in intense moments of the opera. The Tri-Cities Opera, now celebrating its 65th anniversary, is proud to present this classic opera on October 25th and 27th. The production’s stage director, David Lefkowich, is an experienced director and fight choreographer whose credits include the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. Seasoned actress Ginger Costa-Jackson will play the title role. Her previous credits include numerous roles at the Metropolitan Opera and in opera houses across Europe. The role is hardly unfamiliar to Costa-Jackson, as she portrayed the role of Carmen in a production with the Glimmerglass Opera. With a small cast and such prolific source material, expect deep characterizations and a thrilling drama from this production.
The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players cast of “Harvey.” Photo Provided.
Kaitlin Mooney Staff Writer
Tioga County’s eminent community theatre troupe, the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, will be delighting audiences this month with their rendition of Harvey. The show runs for three consecutive weekends, premiering Saturday, October 4th. One of the leads in the upcoming show is a six-footthree-and-a-half–inch tall white rabbit. Okay… he is invisible, but if you have ever seen Mary Chase’s play or the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film adaptation, then you know that doesn’t matter one lick. “Harvey” is the charming story of the affable El-
wood P. Dowd, a man who strikes up a friendship with the aforementioned invisible anthropomorphic rabbit Harvey. The friendship wreaks havoc on the life of Elwood’s social climbing sister Veta. The show is a classic comedy of errors, where Veta’s attempts to ‘cure’ the seemingly crazy Elwood lead to a series of disastrous but hilarious situations. The underlying story of the show is the stark difference between the characterizations of the Dowd siblings. Veta’s preoccupation with appearances matched up against her brother’s carefree and tolerant disposition (“I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I’m with.”) satirically exposes the image obsessed. Elwood may have a (presumably) imaginary friend, but he captures hearts with his good nature and words of wisdom. As Elwood famously says, “Years ago my mother used to say to me... ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” “I am delighted to present this classic Pulitzer Prize winning play,” says director Shawn Yetter, “because
it gives us the opportunity to take our audiences back to a time when well written theater was about making us think while always remembering that the bottom line is to entertain; and in this case, to let us laugh for a couple hours.” The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players are the oldest continually active community theatre group in upstate New York; they have been bringing live theatre to the county since 1959. The company resides in a former food processing plant in Owego that has been painstakingly and loving restored into a state of the art performance space. You can catch “Harvey” October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20th at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, located at 42 Delphine St. in Owego. Friday & Saturday shows are at 8pm while Sunday shows start at 2pm. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $10 for students (on Fridays only), and $15 for seniors 60 and over (Sunday only). Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available to enjoy tableside during the show. Call 607-687-2130 for tickets.
A special preview event, Operalogue: An Opera Preview!, will be held at the Tri-Cities Opera Center at 315 Clinton Street in Binghamton on Saturday October 19th. Tri-Cities Opera Music and Associate Artistic Director Maestro Scott Bergeson will provide his unique insights into the production’s seductive music and dynamic, action-filled story. Members of the cast will also be present to introduce themselves and their characters to the audience. Along with talks from the Maestro and the cast, the event will feature special performances of excerpts from the show. The preview will also feature Cabaret-style seating and a fine selection of foods and wines. Admission to the Operalogue is $16 for regular admission, $13 for seniors, $10 for season subscribers, and $7 for students and children. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. Included with the price of admission will be a reception with the cast and crew directly after the Operalogue, which will provide a special opportunity for fans of the opera to meet and greet the cast and crew prior to opening night! You can tune in to local public radio station WSKG-FM for a rebroadcast of the Operalogue during the week leading up to opening night. “Carmen,” told in French with English opera subtitles, will play at The Forum Theatre at 236 Washington Street in Binghamton on October 25th and 27th at 8pm and 3pm respectively. Ticket prices range from $20 to $70 for all performances.
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Comedy legend Doug Stanhope comes to The Venue Sports Bar on October 30th. Photo by Chris Saunders.
THE WORLD’S WORST Q&A: SITTING DOWN WITH DOUG STANHOPE
Kevin Salisbury Contributing Writer
Some dates are meant to be remembered. For me, Friday, Oct. 19. 2012 is one of those dates. I found myself walking through a maze of stairs and small rooms on the upper level of The Palace Theater in Syracuse NY with my friend Luke Conrad and fellow comics Anna Phillips, Brock Shields, and Maryanne Donnelly. We had just sat through one of the best stand up performances I had ever seen in person and were on our way to meet the performer. After what felt like an hour we came to a door, behind which was one of the only comics I have ever followed religiously, one of the only people who I have ever been nervous to meet... Doug Stanhope. I was excited to meet someone who I looked up to so much, and once I got into the room that excitement turned into a “what the hell do I say?” kind of situation. Those situations only happen once in a great while for me... court, phone calls that start with “I’m pregnant,” piss test day at probation… Never one to produce shock and awe when I speak, I said “Great show. I’m a big fan. Can I take a picture?” Once we got through all of the big dummy fan-boy mumbo jumbo, I was just standing there next to a man who has captivated (and quite possibly sickened) thousands of people, and all I
could say was “You should come to Binghamton sometime”.
Let’s get something straight right now. Binghamton is my home and I love it more than I’m willing to admit when I’m sober, but it never really came across as a place where recognizable entertainers would visit on my account (until recently), but being a comedy promoter who was standing next to one of their idols, I took a shot in the dark and to my surprise (after Anna Phillips vouched for me), he replied “Pay attention to my tours and shoot my manager an email.” And here we are: a little over a year later, he made good on that conversation. On October 30th, Doug Stanhope performs in Binghamton. The man who has won multiple awards for his work in stand up; released numerous comedy DVD’s and albums including “Word of Mouth,” “Deadbeat Hero,” “No Refunds,” and most recently, “Before Turning the Gun On Himself” and “Beer Hall Putsch;” self-published a book titled “Fun With Pedophiles: The Best of Baiting” (which includes several instances of his setting up a false Internet instant-messaging persona to offer sex, and then verbally abusing the “baitee” in a chat session that is logged to share with others); and co-hosted “The Man Show” with Joe Rogan; comes to our sleepy little town to fill us in on what it means to be exposed to a fearless entertainer who approaches things like politics, alcoholism, television doctors and so on with the kind of drunken honesty and charm that normally you’d only find coming from your brother on Thanksgiving when he drinks a bottle of Night
Train and curses out your mom for not getting him that Virtual Boy system years ago.... Yunno, right before he sobs and sits in the garage while the rest of the family eats.
I was lucky enough to get a ‘yes’ when I requested to do a Q&A with Stanhope, who answered 7 questions that I had asked people to submit [Editor’s note: 8, actually, but the Kaylee Anthony question was a bit much, even for us] and not surprisingly at all, we got the Doug Stanhope-ish answers that we were expecting. Enjoy. vvv In the opening sequence of your special “No Refunds”, you state that you prefer to perform in towns where people are miserable. With that being said, how are you preparing to perform in my hometown of Binghamton, NY, a city that was recently named the most downbeat city in America? You say “preparing” as though I have some corner man like Rocky’s showing me fight-footage, like I need to learn my opponent. I think the phrase is “beggars can’t be choosers.” I might be America’s most downbeat comic. Who is your favorite comedian to watch? Pound for pound and over the course of years... decades even - no doubt, Dave Attell. If the world ran out of booze tomorrow, what would you do before a set?
Get a day job. Usually I’d say bartender. But this hypothetical ruins that. You have been in the game for a long time. What changes have you noticed in the comedy world since you started out? The fresh voices of journalism asking questions that really show a new side of the interviewee. Where is your favorite place to perform? My couch where I can sit and scream at the tv with no audience or critics. It is a well-known fact that you are a fan of substances. Got a favorite? I would have to go with Ecstasy in its original form. Before it became meth and baby powder in pill form. Mushrooms were great before reality became something that wasn’t really all that pleasant. Got any advice for new comics who want to make it in comedy? Don’t take advice from someone who hasn’t been new for over 2 decades. Doug Stanhope is performing at The Venue Sports Bar, 93 State St. in Binghamton, on Wed. October 30th, with openers Brock Shields and Kevin Salisbury (that’s me, for those of you late to the punch). Tickets are $25 and can be bought online, at The Bundy Museum (129 Main St, Binghamton), or at the door. Doors @ 8pm. Show @ 9pm. 18+ with I.D.
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““Zero Friends” by Dave Francisco. Top Right: “Soul Collector.” Bottom Right: “Necromancer.”
ON THE COVER: DAVE ‘CABAL’ FRANCISCO
BRIGHTENING UP THE MACABRE
Julian Kappel Staff Writer
As I approach the door of artist Dave Francisco I’m reminded that my favorite holiday is just around the corner. Meeting an interviewee at their house is actually not that different from trick or treating. I approach the door dressed as my favorite superhero, Clark Kent, not knowing what to expect. Am I in for a treat? Will this experience be akin to getting a King Size Snickers? Or am I unknowingly approaching the door of the neighborhood dentist? For that matter, I may walk away feeling as if I’ve been tricked into wasting my time, while the rest of the kids are on the next street over cleaning up at the residence of Mr. W. Wonka. The fact is, walking up the front steps, I feel that I may in fact be approaching the neighborhood haunted house. Peeling paint and creaking steps adorn the drab and faded exterior of this corner residence. There is not a soul in sight, and I’m beginning to wonder if there is anyone living inside this house at all. It’s then that the door opens, and I’m greeted by warm light and the smiling face of Elvisa Francisco. “Come in!” she calls and beckons me into another world. The house feels lived in and comfortable, and there is the usual flurry of familial activity that results from excited children and pets greeting a new comer.
Dave (or Cabal as he is known in the artist community) is there, hands at his sides and standing with a slight lean to the right, as if resting comfortably against some unseen pillar. Introductions are made as Elvisa ushers their daughter and feline companions out the other door (which turns out to be the front door, thus shedding light on my original assumption that the house was haunted).
Clive Barker, Stephen King and Brazilian filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins are just a few of the occultmasters Dave draws on for inspiration.
As we sit on the corners of couches, I get my first look at Dave’s work. It’s not what I expected.
Some paintings are subtle, demanding time to deliver the message. Others crash heedlessly through the senses like a naked Miley Cyrus.
Two headed undead creatures hang near horsehuman hybrids which give new meaning to the term switched at birth. It is a horror-show that reminds me more of Alex Delarge shouting “Absolutely horrorshow!” in “A Clockwork Orange.” It’s dark, it’s colorful, it’s new, and I don’t know what half of it means, but it’s hard to stop looking and get back to the task at hand. It’s quickly evident that Dave is as excited about this article as I am. He’s engaging, he’s open-minded, and it’s almost as if you can see the possibilities of the world floating just behind his eyes. “I don’t want to just copy things I see or like, I want to make my own impression, set my own standards,” he explains. Dave was first inspired to create by watching his mother draw when he was very young. As he got older and was introduced to new mediums, a thought began to take a recurring form in his mind. ‘I could do this better.’ Growing up in the 80s, he explains, the horror genre was everywhere: movies, television, books.
“The media was oversaturated with horror, and I wanted to entertain in the same way,” he says. “I want to get a reaction.” Getting a reaction isn’t going to be a problem.
The entire collection however blends the real with the irrational. It’s like that moment right before sleep when images flood the mind without context, elements of one thought swathed in the raw emotion of another: vestiges of consciousness cobbling together the experienced and the imagined into an anomalous reality that is strangely unsettling yet exciting and enjoyable. The real kicker is getting a little closer to each piece and realizing that Dave doesn’t exactly stick to one medium. Chalk, paint, pen (preferably standard Bic) and black light paint are intertwined on, well, anything. “I did this on a piece of paper towel with a pen at work trying to get my mind off of a co-worker,” he says, holding up a framed drawing of a leg formed from skulls and faces. It may be my favorite piece. His workspace is the laundry room, or possibly the laundry room is his workspace. Kenmore and Crayola fill the space almost seamlessly, and I can imagine the artist’s calm environment filled with the comforting clickety-clack of the dryer.
Next on the tour is Dave’s drawing book, a leatherbound relic he found in his parent’s attic. It’s a perfect fit for the macabre artist, his own personal Necronomicon of hidden spells and conjurings delved from the depths of a dark mind. Many of these pieces (and a few works in progress) will be on display November 1st at Jungle Science Gallery and Art Laboratories, and Dave plans on making it a truly unique experience. “I want there to be more than just the art... there will be spooky music playing, and I have these old radio broadcasts,” he says. “Ya know, put these stories on top of music or atmospheric spooky sounds just so people can hear the paintings come to life.” “David ‘Cabal’ Francisco is the fleshy embodiment of QuarterYellow Studios... he is educated, dedicated, trained, and shows tremendous creative discipline in his craft. [He] has fearlessly risen to every challenge, shining with equal parts grace and ferocity. It is a true honor to support this local talent,” says Creative Director Kady Perry, who gave me Dave’s number in the first place. Dave’s connection with the upcoming All Hallow’s Eve is something truly special. It is his anniversary with the lovely Elvisa, it’s his cat’s birthday... I’d go so far as to say Dave is Halloween in human form. He’ll be celebrating early this year, too, as he’ll be creating live art at the Triple Cities Scare-ousel Fantasmagorical Freakshow Ball on October 25th at Spool MFG in Johnson City. Word on the street is that he’ll be auctioning off some pieces at the event. It’ll be a Halloween to remember, that’s for sure.
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‘INSCRIBED VISIONS’ SHOWS THROUGH OCTOBER AT
BRUNELLI GALLERY One of the pieces in Gerald Scheck’s “Inscribed Visions.”
Rose Silberman-Gorn Staff Writer
Painter, welder, sculptor, and master printmaker Gerald Scheck is currently displaying his prints in a show called Inscribed Visions at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts. Scheck’s studio is in the Catskill Mountains, where he owns 70 acres of land. He has lived there since around 1965, and ran a dairy farm on his property for 10 years. Though his farming days are over, Scheck still likes to have animals roaming around his land, and even includes them in some of his artwork. Sheck’s recent work mainly depicts scenes of his property; he loves living in the Catskills, and finds it to be an inspiring location. “The Catskills are extremely beautiful,” Scheck reflects. “There are amazing views everywhere. It’s a special place...there are rolling hills, clean spring water, and the summers are great.” Scheck captures the magic of the land he lives on through various processes of intaglio printing, including drypoint, etching, and mezzotint. He has worked in prints since an artist friend introduced him to the process in 1992, and he feels as though it has taken him all this time to master his technique. Scheck is a self-taught artist, and uses a variety of tools and techniques. He mostly etches, and incorporates mezzotints into his etching and drypoints to get the velvety look necessary for depicting the animals in his work. Through his own experimentation, he has made significant innovations to the plate preparation stage of mezzotints. He also built
his own printing press to accommodate the large plates he uses. Scheck’s rugged, DIY approach to artwork and life may come from his background as a welder. He was born into a family of metal welders in 1940, and worked as an apprentice in the family welding business until he was 19. Around that time, Scheck began experimenting with other creative endeavors, such as making an 8mm film and painting. Scheck describes his earlier work as “surreal but still related to what I’m doing now, and organic in nature.” After buying the property in the Catskills with former wife Toni, Scheck’s work became more focused on landscapes. By the 1980s, Scheck had received much recognition in the art world, exhibiting in New York City many times and appearing in the PBS series, “Creativity with Bill Moyers.” The large, monochromatic prints featured in “Inscribed Visions” are realistic and meticulously detailed, with an eerie, mysterious mood. “I like to show an inner meaning behind the surface itself, and give a sense of some things that are unseen,” explains Scheck. He aims to not only depict the landscapes with fine-tuned technical ability, but also to provide a sense of atmosphere and emotion. Because he has lived in the Catskills for so long, the land has probably become alive to him, thick with feelings and spirituality, and he wants to depict it the way that he experiences it. “Inscribed Visions” opened September 6th, and is on display until October 26th. An opening reception will be held on October 4th from 6-9pm. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts is located on 186 State Street in Binghamton, and is open on Saturdays 12-4pm or by appointment. For more information on the exhibit, please visit anthonybrunelli.com/exhibitions. php, or call the gallery at (607) 624-3406.
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Sherlock Holmes: Knight’s Gambit (CMP) “In Stitches” a Musical Comedy (EPAC) John Covelli & Friends (FHS) Arias (PMM) “LUV” (KNOW) Open Mic (BRK) “The Outgoing Tide” (CRT) Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ)
Sherlock Holmes: Knight’s Gambit (CMP) Harpur Cinema presents “Museum Hours” (BU) Bryant Park String Quartet (PMM) “The Outgoing Tide” (CRT) Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ) The Addams Family Musical (FORUM)
Next to Normal (ROB) Madrigal Choir of Binghamton (UPC) Harpur Cinema “Tomboy” (BU) Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ) Contra Dance (TTC)
Harpur Cinema “Computer Chess” (BU) Nancy Marano & the Al Hamme Sextet (FHS) Next to Normal (ROB) Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ) Latin Exercise Class (BCC) TCO Presents “Carmen” (FORUM) “Don’t Dress for Dinner” (AC)
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Open Gallery (BUN) Meet & Greet w/Arlen Schumer (FAT) Speakeasy Open Mic (CCW) Yoga (BUN) Art Class (BUN) DJ Boakes (VEN)
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“Seek to Know” by Hannah Ward (JS) Open Mic (BEL) Mosaic Class (JAB) Derek Lindow (QYS) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
“Seek to Know” by Hannah Ward (JS) Open Mic (BEL) Mosaic Class (JAB) Derek Lindow (QYS) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
“Seek to Know” by Hannah Ward (JS) Open Mic (BEL) Mosaic Class (JAB) Derek Lindow (QYS) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
Lecture/Recital Series: Paul Hindemith (BU) Morning Fun with Music & Movement (TAC) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Java Joe Jammers (CCW) Yoga (BUN) Art Class (BUN) DJ Boakes (VEN) Punk/Hardcore Show (VEN) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC) Milkweek (OUH)
Morning Fun with Music & Movement (TAC) Poetry Workshop (YWCA) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Java Joe Jammers (CCW) Yoga (BUN) Art Class (BUN) DJ Boakes (VEN) Punk/Hardcore show (VEN) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
Morning Fun with Music & Movement (TAC) Poetry Workshop (YWCA) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Java Joe Jammers (CCW) Yoga (BUN) Art Class (BUN) DJ Boakes (VEN) Punk/Hardcore show (VEN) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC) Milkweed (OUH)
Morning Fun with Music & Movement (TAC) Poetry Workshop (YWCA) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Java Joe Jammers (CCW) Yoga (BUN) Art Class (BUN) DJ Boakes (VEN) Punk/Hardcore show (VEN) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
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Sherlock Holmes: Knight’s Gambit (CMP) Mid-day Concert (BU) Live Music (BTP) Indigo 6 (BOB) Cult Movie Thursdays (BUN) History of Fringe Films (BUN) InnerMission (CCW) “The Outgoing Tide” (CRT)
Vermont Cheddar w/Carol Simek (BTP) Making Sense of the Civil War (PMM) Sherlock Holmes (CMP) Mid-day Concert (BU) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Cult Movie Thursdays (BUN) InnerMission (CCW) “The Outgoing Tide” (CRT) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
Enerjee w/Ayana D (LDC) Mid-day Concert (BU) Poetry Workshop (BCPL) Live Music (BTP) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Cult Movie Thursdays (BUN) InnerMission (CCW) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
Vermont Cheddar w/Carol Simek (BTP) Making Sense of the Civil War (PMM) Upright Citizen’s Brigade (FHS) Mid-day Concert (BU) Poetry Workshop (BCPL) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Cult Movie Thursdays (BUN) InnerMission (CCW) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
Cult Movie Thursdays DOUBLE FEATURE!! (BUN) The Marvelous Wonderettes (CMP) Mid-day Concert (BU) Poetry Workshop (BCPL) Live Music (BTP) History of Fringe Films (BUN) InnerMission (CCW) Modern Art Came to Bing. (BCAC)
10/4 PROFESSOR LOUIE AND CROWMATIX (blues)
10/12 MOHO COLLECTIVE (jazz/funk/art)
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“LUV” (KNOW), First Friday Art Walk (DT) Professor Louie & the Crowmatix (CCW) Fringe Films (BUN), Sherlock Holmes (CMP) “I Didn’t *&$# It Up” (FHS) Willard/Nelson/Iacovelli (BTP) Messy Truth/Gone Crazy (BOB) Conklin Dance Academy (PMM) In Stitches (EPAC) DJ Castle (LDC), Pete Ruttle (OUH) Rod Serling Video Festival (FORUM) Farm to You Festival (DT) Zombie Walk (DT), The Outgoing Tide (CRT)
Modern Art to Bing. (BCAC) Live Music (BBW) Sherlock Holmes: Knight’s Gambit (CMP) Harpur Cinema “Museum Hours” (BU) Teen Poetry Workshop (BGC) O.S.O. (BTP), The Look (BOB) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Raibred (CCW) Susan Kendrot & Betsy Williams (CG) “The Outgoing Tide” (CRT) Beard of Bees (FIVE), Stereopticon (LDC) Pete Ruttle (OUH), Mike Cavalier (TDC)
Live Music (BBW), “Don’t Dress for Dinner” (AC) Slam (BOB), To the Ladies of Cool (FHS) Harpur Cinema “Tomboy” (BU) Teen Poetry Workshop (BGC) History of Fringe Films (BUN) The Birdseed Bandits (CCW) Susan Kendrot/Betsy Williams (CG) Brotherhood (FIVE), L. Meyer (LDC) Modern Art (BCAC), Pete Ruttle (OUH) Janiva Magness & Murali Coryell (VEN) Owego Art Walk (DTO), S.P.E.C.T.E.R.S. (WEMP) Live Music (BBW), “Don’t Dress for Dinner” (AC) Harpur Cinema “Computer Chess” (BU) Modern Art (BCAC), Next to Normal (ROB) McStine/Kanazawich (BTP), Pawn Shop (BOB) History of Fringe Films (BUN), Ultra Vibe (CCW) Susan Kendrot & Betsy Williams (CG) Pete Ruttle (OUH) Boo at the Zoo (RPZ) Three Finger Leroy (TDC) TCO Presents “Carmen” (FORUM) TRIPLE CITIES SCARE-OUSEL BALL (SPOOL)
(AC) Anderson Center (AL) American Legion Post 80 (ANT) Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts (BBW) Black Bear Winery (BCPL) Broome County Public Library (BEL) Belmar Pub (BGC) Boys & Girls Club Binghamton (BTP) Blind Tiger Pub (BOB) Bobby’s Place (BRK) Brackney Inn (BU) Binghamton University (BUN) Bundy Museum (CCW) Cyber Café West (CG) Cooperative Gallery (CMP) Cider Mill Playhouse
10/18 THE BIRDSEED BANDITS (punk-grass)
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Gerald Scheck (ANT), Sherlock Holmes (CMP) Murphy: Closing Reception (SPOOL) “LUV” (KNOW), Virgil Cain (BOB) History of Fringe Films (BUN) House Jawn (CCW) Susan Kendrot & Betsy Williams (CG) “The Outgoing Tide” (CRT) “In Stitches” a Musical Comedy (EPAC) Toy Box Trophies (FIVE), Mosaic Clas (JAB) Anthony Locane (ORA), Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ) Remedy (TDC), Sudsy Brews & Fiery Foods (DT) Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ), Gerald Scheck (ANT) Sherlock Holmes: Knight’s Gambit (CMP) Classical Pianists of the Future (UPC) Benefit (BRK), Giant Steps (BOB) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Moho Collective (CCW) Susan Kendrot & Betsy Williams (CG) “The Outgoing Tide” (CRT) Beauty & the Beats (FIVE) Mosaic Class (JAB), Anthony Locane (ORA) Global Ldrshp Now (TAC), Tara Fox Hall (WEMP)
Gerald Scheck (ANT), Don’t Dress for Dinner (AC) “Opera w/o Words” (BU), Next to Normal (ROB) Acous. Persuasion (BTP), Hwy FruitMarket (BOB) Fringe Films (BUN), Strauss/Co (CCW) Susan Kendrot/Betsy Williams (CG) Pasty White/Double Wide (FIVE) Mosaic Class (JAB)Anthony Locane (ORA) Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ) Diamonds in the Rough (CRAN) Chamber Band/Underground River (TTC) Medium Reading (WEMP) 4000th show Monkey’s Typing Reunion (CCW) Gerald Scheck (ANT), Don’t Dress for Dinner (AC) Splat the Cat (FHS), Next to Normal (ROB) eXpoZure Hall. Party (BRK), Odd Man Out (BOB) History of Fringe Films (BUN) Susan Kendrot & Betsy Williams (CG) Terror in the Theatre (EPAC), Mosaic Class (JAB) Zydeco Po’ Boys (JBC), Anthony Locane (ORA) Howl-O-Weekends (RPZ) Boo at the Zoo (RPZ) Owego Zombie Fest (DTO), Splash (TDC)
(CRAN) Cranberry Coffeehouse (CRT) Chenango River Theatre (DT) Downtown Binghamton (DTO) Downtown Owego (EPAC) Endicott Performing Arts Center (FAT) Fat Cat Books (FHS) Firehouse Stage (FIVE) Number 5 (FORUM) Binghamton Forum Theatre (JAB) Susan Jablon Mosaics (JBC) John Barleycorn Tavern (JS) Jungle Science (KING) Kingsley’s Pub (KNOW) KNOW Theatre (LDC) Lost Dog Café/Lounge
10/26 4000th SHOW! MONKEY’S TYPING REUNION
(MB) Matty B’s (ORA) Orazio Salati Gallery (OUH) Old Union Hotel (PMM) Phelps Mansion Museum (QYS) Quarter Yellow Studios (ROB) Roberson Museum (RPZ) Ross Park Zoo (SPOOL) Spool MFG (TAC) Tioga Arts Council (TDC) Tioga Downs Casino (TTC) Tioga Trails Café (UPC) United Presbyterian Church (VEN) The Venue (WEMP) Water’s Edge Market Place (YWCA) YWCA Binghamton
10/30 LUTHERAN SKIRTS HALLOWEEN PARTY!
ANTHONY LOCANE’S ‘THE BEHOLDER’S EYE’ AT SALATI GALLERY
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“Saori Flower 1” from Anthony Locane’s exhibit at Salati Gallery.
Rose Silberman-Gorn Staff Writer “That flower is the ugliest flower I’ve ever seen, but I’m finding it really beautiful,” said an attendee at Anthony Locane’s September opening at Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery. Locane’s goal in exhibiting The Beholder’s Eye is to evoke reactions exactly like this. The theme of his show is the “deconstruction of images and exploration of how the eye perceives beauty,” he explains. “I wanted to explore whether or not we can still see beauty, even with distortion.” To do this, Locane chose as his subject matter natural objects which are considered near universally beautiful, including saltwater fish, coral reefs, and flowers. He then distorted them through his process of digital woven images. Locane’s unique process, which he’s utilized since 2003, combines the seemingly disparate mediums of painting, photography, and weaving. He begins by taking photographs, then coloring and manipulating them digitally. After picking how many photos he will use for his piece- the average is about 6Locane digitally combines the photos into one, then prints the resulting image out onto paper or aluminum. He cuts the picture into strips, then weaves the strips on vertical tapestry looms, which further warps and distorts the image and creates a dimensional quality. Locane’s life has been a series of wildly varied creative pursuits and careers. Originally from Buffalo, he earned his Bachelor’s in teaching from Buffalo State, then taught at a Brooklyn school for 6 years.
After Locane’s job there was cut, he received his Master’s degree in sculpture. The large, woven, soft sculptures he created were a prelude to his next career as a sweater designer, a pursuit that lasted six years. Sweater design led Locane to graphic design when he used an Atari computer to aid with his patterns. He realized graphic design was a useful and lucrative skill, and worked as a freelance designer for the next 20 years. In 2003, Locane decided to quit his job to pursue his own artwork. Four years later, Orazio Salati, an old college friend of Locane’s from Buffalo State, offered him his first show. Locane’s body of work for “The Beholder’s Eye” is varied, featuring some experimental pieces. In many of his works depicting flowers and trees, he breaks up and distorts the images by folding and creating a 3D relief. The show also includes two pieces from Locane’s recent series, ‘Wandering Soul.’ These images are holographic and change when walking past them, which may throw off the viewer. People normally expect their art to stay still. “I want to force people to think in a different way, and to stretch people’s imagination,” Locane says about his work. Part of stretching one’s imagination, as the attendee transfixed by the flower realized, is realizing that ugliness and beauty can coexist with no real boundary between them. Locane also breaks the boundaries between artistic mediums, finding a way to combine all his favorite methods of creating art into one unique process. “The Beholder’s Eye” shows through the end of October, and an open gallery event will be held on October 4, 6-9pm at Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery. The gallery is located at 204 State Street in Binghamton. For more information on Anthony Locane’s work, please visit anthonyjlocane.com.
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PERSON OF INTEREST
Name? Count Orlok, Nosferatu, Dracula Location? Clinton Street Occupation? I’m a freakin’ vampire, dude. I also dabble in insurance sales. How long have you lived in the region and why did you move here? I moved from my beloved Transylvania a few years ago because they told me the weather was nice here. They were wrong. Favorite local music? The Others, Recycled Zombies Best place to grab a drink? The Rathskeller Best place to grab a bite? Ha! Hidden gem? The Blood Bank What do you feel this region is in most dire need of? I, Count Orlok, Master of Darkness, hereby announce my support of hydraulic fracturing. Spool MFG. Photo by Ty Whitbeck.
THE TRIPLE CITIES SCARE-OUSEL
FANTASMAGORICAL FREAKSHOW BALL CREEPS AND CRAWLS INTO SPOOL MFG
Chris Bodnarczuk Editor-in-Chief
Space One will be spinning all that’s worth dancing to.
Every town needs a holiday.
Then there’s the art. Installation pieces will abound, and a slew of visual artists will be on hand, live painting throughout the night in anticipation of an art auction that will finish off the evening’s events. The artists include Dave Francisco, who graces the Carousel cover this month, plus a collection of Jungle Science/QuarterYellow Studios’ best talent. Canvas won’t be the only thing painted on, however, as there will be live body painting during the event. For those that forgot their costumes and inhibitions, it’s the perfect solution! For those that forgot their costumes but don’t like the idea of showing some skin, Muckles Ink will be on hand printing custom shirts.
New Orleans has Mardis Gras. Plymouth has Thanksgiving. Bethlehem has Christmas. It’s high time we in the Triple Cities get our own celebration weekend (Parade Day aside), and since we are in fact three cities, it only seems right that we do it three times as well. And so, allow us to present The Triple Cities Scare-ousel Fantasmagorical Freakshow Ball. On October 25th, this very newspaper presents what will go down in history as the greatest Halloween party that ever was. At 9pm on the evening of the 25th, Spool MFG, Johnson City’s premiere creepy-old-warehouseturned-art-gallery, will open its doors, and Baldwin Street will be alive with the undead. Music, art, dancing, beer, and horror are the theme for the night, and oh what a night it will be. Music will be the main event of the evening, as is the case with pretty much anything the Carousel crew puts together. Short Waves, a Binghamton based surf/garage rock outfit, will be appearing, as well as Dr. EF and the Rudimentary of Sound (read about them on page 8), and the Alpha Brass Band, a locally based, New Orleans style party band will be on hand as well. As of press time, details are still being hashed out for a yet-unnamed super group of local musicians who will be rounding out the lineup. Between sets, and for the late night crowd, DJ
Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes for those that go above and beyond. The creepiest of projections will adorn the walls, courtesy of our friends at What’s Goin’ On Binghamton, and Anvile from Water’s Edge Marketplace will be providing tarot readings through the night. And then there’s the rest of the performance crew: hoopers, contortionists, silk dancers, and burlesque dancers will be weaving their way through the crowds all night, proving that the best art is alive. For those old enough to drink, there will be a cash bar at the event, with beer and wine from local favorites Galaxy Brewing, The North Brewery, Water Street Brewing Co, and Black Bear Winery. For those not old enough to drink, we will be sure to have the finest water and soda for your thirst
If it hasn’t been implied so far, it should be mentioned that the Triple Cities Scare-ousel Fantasmagorical Freakshow Ball is not a kid friendly event. The festivities are strictly of the adult variety, and we will be checking IDs. Entrance is 18 and up, with alcohol reserved, of course, for those 21 and up. Those imbibing are encouraged to bring a designated driver or to call a cab at the end of the night. It should also be mentioned that the Scare-ousel Ball is a fundraising event. Carousel has taken off beyond our wildest dreams in the past 8 months, but there are still quite a few costs to operation. Every day in the print business is a struggle, especially when you’re as new as we are. There are big things on the horizon, but we need to bring our balance out of the red, first. That said, entrance is $15 for general admission, and $10 with a valid student ID. A portion of ticket sales will be going to Spool MFG, as well. The Scare-ousel Ball would not be possible without the support of several sponsors. We’d like to thank Black Bear Winery, Blue Orchid Spa, Jungle Science, Muckle’s Ink The North Brewery, Water Street Brewing Co, Quarter Yellow Studios, Water’s Edge Marketplace, and What’s Goin’ On Binghamton for their support. Shameless promotion is a tough business, and we’ve said just about all there is to be said... The Triple Cities Scare-ousel Fantasmagorical Freakshow Ball takes place from 9pm-3am on the evening of October 25th, at Spool MFG, 138 Baldwin St, Johnson City.
How do you make Binghamton a better place to live? Population control. Describe the city in 5 words or less: Delicious young blood for me.
BOO AT THE ZOO Brian Kerins Staff Writer
Those looking to get their pre-Halloween Haunted House fix need look no further than the Ross Park Zoo with their annual “Boo at the Zoo”. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes (sans masks) as they wander around the best Haunted House in Broome County that takes place at a zoo. Make no mistake, this is an event geared towards adults, and will have scares appropriate for the occasion, all within the uniquely dark atmosphere of a dimly lit zoo. With an early start and end time, Boo at the Zoo is the perfect way to kick off your Halloween weekend. The zoo has not forgotten its younger fans however, as it will be hosting its “Howl-O-Weekends” in the weeks leading up to Boo at the Zoo. These will feature all the staples of Halloween, such as spooky storytelling, a costume contest, face painting, and apple bobbing. Pumpkins can also be purchased for painting. With the family friendly spookiness running all day on three consecutive Saturdays and Sundays during October, there’s no excuse not to bring your family for a nice day out. Boo at the Zoo will be held on October 25-26 between the hours of 6:30pm and 9:30pm at the Ross Park Zoo, 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members. Howl-O-Weekends will be held October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 during standard operating hours [10:00 AM – 4:00 PM], with admission being $6 for members, and $8 for non-members. The Ross Park Zoo’s final day of operation will be November 24th.
JUST A SWEET TRANSVESTITE FROM TRANSEXUAL.. ENDICOTT?
24 Vol. 1 Issue 8
AN INTERVIEW WITH MICKEY WOYSHNER OF THE VESTAL VIOLATORS
nice boy (or girl, I still can’t tell) in a skirt sit on my lap for half the show. After we left, I had half of the cast’s phone numbers, and was eager for the next month’s show. I joined up 3 months later.
Kaitlin Mooney Staff Writer
October is the perfect month to enjoy the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of course, the Vestal Violators think every month is the perfect month to enjoy “The Rocky Horror Picture Show:” this crew of locals have been shadowcasting (acting out the movie as it plays behind on the big screen) the flick at Endicott’s Cinema Saver every month for years. The midnight showing takes place during the last Saturday of every month and is always a wild time. Mickey Woyshner, Vestal Violators Secretary, Cast Emcee, and lead Dr. Frank N. Furter was kind enough shed some light on the Vestal Violators and the RHPS culture that has taken root right in our backyard. Tell us a bit about the Vestal Violators: when did they start shadow-casting RHPS? Well, the Vestal Violators initially formed in 2003, but there was another group of people that began the roots of the VV far earlier. In the late 80s, the Art Theater would frequently play RHPS, and occasionally people would view it in small groups. Its fame was still growing when people began calling out to the movie in the middle of the show. Senior members like Greg Baker recall yelling at the movie so much and entertaining the crowd so heavily that they were given a microphone to yell more effectively. This began the age of The Sweet Transvestite Production Company, a tightly knit group of
The Vestal Violators, with Woyshner pictured in center (in suspenders). Photo Provided.
friends relishing in RHPS whenever it was played. This continued until the Art Theater burned down in 2004. Suddenly homeless, the STPC took residence in the lecture halls of SUNY, wrote up a small constitution and rebranded themselves “The Vestal Violators,” because of SUNY’s location and so many members living in the Vestal area. After a year or more of performing at the college and collecting a ton of new members, the Violators found their new and current home at the Cinema Saver in Endicott, where they have been thriving on all the Riff Raff that happen to stumble their way ever since. What is it about RHPS that first drew the cast to it? That’s a difficult question to answer… There’s really
no other film like it. It’s one of the very few productions that encourages you to scream out and throw things. The reason that the cast was formed was to celebrate this cult phenomenon. Nobody expected all of this to happen, not even Richard O’Brien when he wrote the damned thing. The Violators want a piece of the madness. Like a crazy trophy. When did you first see the movie? The first time I had ever seen the movie was the first show I went to. I honestly had no idea what to expect, and was incredibly nervous. I had heard about those Rocky Horror people, and how crazy they could be... It was even crazier than I had heard. Everyone was in costume. EVERYONE… I laughed until I cried at all the dirty jokes, I had a
What can first time live viewers expect? Madness. You’ll be greeted at the door by a man in a speedo, maybe a lady. Some people will try to sell you toilet paper, some people will ask you to autograph their forehead, and everyone will be in costume. There will be yelling, dancing and singing, and that’s all before you even buy your ticket. People will yell at the movie while it’s playing, and invite you sit in their lap while you both watch us perform. But there’s much more than just crazy people flailing around in drag. The RHPS is about acceptance. We welcome everybody, no matter your past, gender, who you love, how you dress… it simply doesn’t matter. The RHPS is the one place where you can come and be welcomed no matter what. We’re all freaks together, here. One big, happy, freaky family. But above all, live viewers can expect fun, frolic, and utter madness. Any Special events planned for the future? This year, our Halloween shows will be Friday, October 25th, Saturday, October 26th, and Thursday, October 31st. In the past, the Vestal Violators have also shadowcast such movies as “Reefer Madness, the Movie Musical”, “Shock Treatment,” the unknown sequel to RHPS (yes there’s a sequel, and it’s even worse than the original), even “Star Wars Ep. 4, A New Hope.” We do themes almost every 3rd month, anything from beach party to zombies. You can find out about them by visiting our website, http://vestalviolators.wix.com/vestal-violators or by showing up and having fun!
A RETURN TO THE LAND OF SHADOW AND SUBSTANCE:
IT’S SERLING SEASON IN THE TRIPLE CITIES
awards. This event will be invitation-only for Bundy Museum members; fortunately, membership costs are as low as $15 per year for students. Attendees are encouraged to wear their smartest blackand-white ensemble to mirror the shades of the Twilight Zone. The events culminate at 8pm that same evening at American Legion Post 80, located up the street at 76 Main Street in Binghamton, with Schumer’s interactive multimedia show based on the words, images, and music from “The Twilight Zone,” including a screening of the show’s pilot episode, “Where Is Everybody?” Admission cost is a suggested donation of six to eight dollars, and revelers are encouraged to dress in their favorite Twilight Zone-inspired garb.
Heather Merlis Staff Writer
In the middle ground between light and shadow, between the surreal and the psychedelic, lies a television show created not to brainwash the public and lower the common denominator, but rather to warn us of the dangers of prejudice and urge us to question our perceptions. It is a portal to an alternate plane where the thin veil of reality is lifted to expose its skeletal unreality, outside of time and transcending space. When Rod Serling created The Twilight Zone, he ushered viewers into realm of imagination, subverting the censors by delivering humanistic allegory under the guise of science fiction. “The Twilight Zone” is a plane where the unusual is commonplace, and the inexplicable occurs with regularity- not unlike Binghamton, hometown of the show’s creator and host city to the “Twilight Zone” tribute that will be ringing in the spooky month of October, which marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the show’s original air date. This celebration, presented by the Bundy Museum of History and Art in cooperation with a handful of devout Serling enthusiasts, strives to inspire a renaissance of local interest in Serling and the Twilight Zone. These events should be the ultimate experience for those who dare step beyond the everyday and into the fifth dimension. If anyone is capable of shedding new light on a
Rod Serling’s star at the Binghamton Walk of Fame, in front of the Metro Center building. Photo by Ty Whitbeck.
show that’s been syndicated, imitated, and integrated into the American zeitgeist, it is Arlen Schumer. The self-proclaimed “metaphorical real son” of Serling, Schumer has spent over two decades illuminating Serling’s work in such a way that the general public and diehard fans alike may newly appreciate this brave visionary. Now, Schumer is returning to Binghamton after twenty-two years to share his most recent Serlingian exploits, and to meet some of the locals of the town that spawned the man he deems “the father of American popular culture.” The fifty-fourth anniversary of the Twilight Zone will be celebrated over the course of three days, beginning with a trivia contest at Nip’s Park Avenue Saloon, 135 Park Avenue in Binghamton, on Monday, September 30th at 9pm. Admission is free, and prizes will be awarded to those who prove them-
selves savviest in their knowledge of the “Twilight Zone” canon. On Tuesday, October 1st, at 6pm, Arlen Schumer will be presenting a live multimedia show, “Comic Books and the Twilight Zone” at Fat Cat Comics and Games, located at 278 Main Street in Johnson City, during which he will marry his knowledge of his twin passions and get to know some fellow fans; this event is also free. October 2nd marks the official anniversary of America’s introduction to Serling’s masterwork. The evening’s events will begin at the Bundy Museum, located at 129 Main Street in Binghamton, with a red-carpet premiere presentation of “Westport in Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone,” a multimedia presentation created by Mr. Schumer that explores the influence of Westport, Connecticut on the show. Serling lived in Westport for the three years, a time during which he won three consecutive Emmy
If you start riding the train to Willoughby and don’t want to get off, there will be an encore screening of the 20th Anniversary Rod Serling Film Festival on Friday, October 4th at the Broome County Forum Theatre, located at 1 Stuart Street in Binghamton, as part of the First Friday Artwalk. This event runs from 6-9pm; admission is free, and so are the hors d’oeuvres. Community involvement holds great potential in the success of these events: it is up to the locals to come out and represent the town that truly inspired this television landmark. Rod Serling created a pivotal body of work that continues to resonate in our collective consciousness, and it was through this work that he was able to express his ideas as a lucid champion of the human spirit. This month’s events present an exciting opportunity to celebrate his legacy. For more information on the events, you can visit bundymuseum.org, twilightzoneclub.com, and broomearenaforum.com.
DISTURBING THE DEAD: October 2013 Triple Cities Carousel 25
GRAVEYARD MYSTERIES OF THE TRIPLE CITIES
Ronnie Vuolo Staff Writer
The sound of a shovel scraping against soil echoed in the darkness, unbearably loud to one who craved silence and the anonymity of the moonless night. The ground did not give easily to hurried ministrations, and each moment spent in the open increased the risk of being seen. The hole was only 18” deep, but it would have to be enough. The grisly bundle, wrapped in carpet, was soon covered, and along with it, all evidence of what had happened. Shadows blended into the night and all was peaceful.
was frozen to a depth of 4’, many graves were poorly marked or not marked at all, and progress was slow. Despite an article published in the Press and Leader on January 17th, claiming that treasures of gold (fillings) and jewelry were to be found in the graves, what was actually found were mere scatterings of bones, the coffins long since deteriorated. Records were so poor that it was necessary to dig up most of the grounds in order to find all the bodies. In the end, hundreds were never identified.
below ground lay the partial remains of an adult body, wrapped in a carpet alongside a monkey wrench and a hatchet. George Lincoln recorded the find in a diary entry dated March 20th, and it was recalled by Frederick Hulbert 43 years later during a January 29th, 1950 interview with the Binghamton Press and Leader. The find was reported to the coroner, who ordered the remains to be interred at Glenwood with no further action. Nothing was recorded as to the state of the remains or exactly
Within the cemetery, one grave is notable. Not only is it one of only 8 engraved with personal information, but it predates the Inebriate Asylum by 17 years. There is no record of a cemetery at that location prior to the State Hospital and yet there she lies: “Julina Dayton formerly the wife of David Fish died November 11, 1841 aged 44 years”
In the mid-19th century, Binghamton and its surrounds experienced increasing growth. Old institutions were replaced by new, and boundaries extended. As the need for housing grew, so did the need for burial space. To that end, Binghamton’s first public incorporated cemetery was opened on land bounded by Eldridge, Liberty, and Emmett Streets, land deeded to the Village by Joseph Bosworth and Cary Murdock. At an elaborate dedication ceremony, Edward Lewis, president of the cemetery association, promised that the “perpetuity of the lots for burial purposes only were to be assured for all time.” These assurances proved false. By 1900, the cemetery had fallen into disuse and disrepair. Development encroached upon its borders. For years the common council argued for the removal of the graves and sale of the land. In Potter’s field, the portion of the cemetery used for burial of the poor, action had already been taken. To make room for Liberty Street, 66 bodies had been moved from their original location and reburied in a mass grave. In 1906, despite heated arguments, the council voted to move the cemetery, break up the land into building lots, and offer them for private sale, with the proceeds going to the municipal treasury. Public notice was given that all remains were to be removed by December 1st. A $10 stipend was to be given for each body in order to defray costs, and all remains not removed by that date would be removed under city contract with Glenwood Cemetery. January 1907 began with an unusual warm spell before descending into snows and a lengthy cold snap that sent temperatures plummeting to 10 below. It was in these inhospitable conditions on the 23rd that workmen began digging up the Old City Cemetery, known alternatively as the Eldridge Street Cemetery and the City Cemetery. The ground
founded in 1858. Short lived, the first patients were admitted in 1864, and by 1879 it had been repurposed as the Binghamton Asylum for the Chronic Insane, reopening in 1881. In 1890, the name was changed to the Binghamton State Hospital. No burials were recorded by the institution prior to its use as the insane asylum. Some of the graves were moved in 1961 to make way for I-81. Before being deeded to the State, the land consisted of farms owned by the Lyons family, the Browns family and others. It bordered land that was formerly part of the Town of Conklin.
Born in 1797, she has lain there for 172 years, out of place and unnoticed.
Glenwood Cemetery today. Photo by Ty Whitbeck.
In spite of their diligence, remains continued to be found long after the work was done: some during subsequent development of the building lots, and some unearthed decades later by homeowners digging in their yards. The common council appointed George Lincoln to oversee the work, which continued into the spring. In all, 1330 bodies were exhumed and moved, mostly to be reinterred in Glenwood Cemetery. Remains were placed in pine boxes 3’ long, stacked, and placed in horse drawn drays to be transported the 5 miles through town to Glenwood. According to Frederick Hulbert, superintendent of Glenwood, a fee of $8.50 was to be paid for each. Part way through the process, the council ran out of funds and had to borrow in order to continue the work. Between $10-12,000 was eventually paid out. Although the contract called for Glenwood to beautify and landscape the area of the internments, no funds were ever allocated for ongoing maintenance. Many of the trees planted in this process died during the first year and were never replaced, resulting in public condemnation of the final results. Three months into the work, laborers digging in an unmarked section made a startling discovery. 18”
what they consisted of. Had the body been fresh, it’s likely that some investigation would have been launched. The cemetery came into use in the early 1840s, and the Monkey Wrench was patented in 1858 by Charles Moncky, though other wrenches had been called by that name prior. The body must have been buried sometime in that period. Whose remains lay in that carpet? Man or woman? By what means did they die and when? What part did the wrench and hatchet play in the death? Was the deceased missed by anybody, was their disappearance reported, or did their passing go unnoticed? Was someone alive on that March day, who’d been living in fear of discovery for years, or were they too buried beneath the silent earth, having taken their secret to the grave? We will never know. What can be surmised is that someone died a foul and violent death, someone who lies buried to this day in an unmarked grave in Glenwood Cemetery. Not too far away, another cemetery lies. On the grounds of the Binghamton State Hospital, over 1500 bodies lie under stones marked only with numbers. Only eight stones rise from the ground with personal epitaphs. On this 250-acre plot of land, the Binghamton Inebriates Asylum was
Who was Julina Dayton? Where did she come from? Her name doesn’t appear in any archives. Deaths were not required to be registered at that time and women, unless they be landholders, were not included in the census until 1850. What is the meaning of the cryptic wording “formerly the wife of…?” Does it indicate divorce, estrangement, predeceasing her husband and the arrival of a second wife? Certainly it is not commonly phrased and leaves one open to conjecture. A search for David’s name is also fruitless, however a younger David, aged 28, appears in the municipal directory in 1860. He appears again in 1861 in the Susquehanna, PA muster rolls for the Civil War. Was he a son of David and Julina, or David and another wife? There are no records to show. Only a few Daytons appear in regional archives, but the name Fish appears regularly in the Town of Conklin, and it is a common name in the town’s cemeteries. Why was Julina buried alone on that land? Was she or David related, by blood, marriage or friendship, to the landowners? Why was she not buried alongside so many others of the Fish family name in other cemeteries? Julina Dayton existed on this earth for 44 years. She must have left behind someone who mourned her passing, who remembered her fondly, who felt her loss. Yet no record can be found of her existence. Headstones were costly, and many were buried without benefit of a stone marker. Yet, someone cared enough about her to finance a stone, either at the time of her passing or at some later date. Who was Julina Dayton? It’s a mystery that is unlikely to be cleared up, unless some knowledgeable soul reading this story has information that can bring light to this darkness and answers to these questions.
HAUNTED HALLS OF HORROR RETURNS TO BINGHAMTON
Julian Kappel Staff Writer The Haunted Halls of Horror is a maze of masterfully crafted mayhem, covering 14,000 sq. ft. in the Southern Tier Independence Center basement. The labyrinthine paths consist of rooms and passages designed to excite the senses and incite the fears of even the bravest hearts.
Your average haunted house may begin set-up post Labor Day and complete just in time for a few weekends of thrills and chills. The HHH is a work in progress, meaning it is in constant flux and constantly being improved.
“November 1st, we’re right back at it... making additions, changes, getting ready for next year,” says William R. Bartlow, development director at STIC.
The idea for a haunted house began in 2010, when Bartlow and Media Specialist Todd Fedyshyn, both avid lovers of the holiday and decoration enthusiasts, decided to pool their resources and build an attraction more elaborate their either could pull off in their front yards. The result has progressed far beyond the realm of cobweb covered bushes, inflated ghouls and witches with poor night-vision. The diabolical minds of Bartlow and Fedyshyn have collaborated to build a nightmare museum of fears and phobias. As Bartlow takes us past exhibits of demonic
doctors, bloodied body-parts and a veritable legion of the undead, he seems to read my mind and explains: “just wait until they’re moving.” All year long Bartlow, Fedyshyn and a handful of dedicated volunteers build, redesign, and enhance the already memorable display. The undead hordes located along the tour are actually new this year, as is the plywood canopy constructed outside for ticket sales and refreshment tables. Returning favorites include Eric Carpenter’s incredible display of more than 50 hand-carved pumpkins, a fire-juggler, and of course the Scareacters (pron. like characters). “Its the Scare-acters that make the show... we try and get better every year… we’re not looking for someone to just jump out, scare you, and then
disappear... they play a part: they set the scene and make it believable,” explains Bartlow. “That’s the thrill of the whole thing, its watching everyone’s reaction, watching the satisfaction... it’s performance, it’s theater, and it’s for a good cause... last year we raised over $30,000 for the agency, and it all goes back into supporting folks with disabilities in the area,” he says. “And besides having a shitload of fun, we’re doing some good... we can feed our sick minds: watching someone scream, curl up in the fetal position, and we get to yell GOTCHA!” The Haunted Halls of Horror will take place from 6:30-9:30 pm on Oct. 11,12,18,19,25,26, and 31, and from 2-4 pm on Oct. 19-26. Advanced tickets will be available for $6, and showtime admission will be $8.
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SPIRITS OF BINGHAMTON’S PAST Ty Whitbeck Assistant Editor
They may have been right about us… Binghamton is a ghost town. Just where is everybody? The movers, the shakers, the people who made Binghamton the booming metropolis that it once was– what’s their story, and where did they go? The mystery will finally be laid to rest on Saturday, October 19th with the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier’s event: “Spirits of Binghamton’s PAST.” In 2010, The Preservation Association of the Southern Tier (or PAST, for the short-winded) started this walking tour of the dead to honor these pioneers’ legacies and to preserve the architecture that has made Binghamton beautiful. The tour will take you on the roads leading to 13 spirits, who will tell their tales of how they became known in the city of Binghamton, for better or for worse. We will hear from Isaac Perry, an architect of the 1800’s that designed many of the structures downtown, including: the Phelps Mansion, the Courthouse and the Perry Building, as well as the NYS Inebriate Asylum and countless armories throughout New York State. Further down the road we will stop at the Greyhound Bus Station and meet up with the ghost of Emmy Award winning Rod Serling, Binghamton native and the writer and creator of the television show “The Twilight Zone.” This location is where the episode “Mirror Image” was set. Serling often had Binghamton in mind when he wrote his scripts. Lest we forget the great fire of the Binghamton Clothing Company on Wall Street in 1913? The blaze took the lives of 31 workers and terrified women, who burned to death and leapt from the windows as the voice of Nellie Connor tried to ease their troubled minds. “It’s just a fire drill,” she said, “there’s plenty of time,” she said, but the fire
destroyed the Wall Street Building in 20 minutes, proving to be the deadliest fire in Binghamton’s history. Nellie is said to be paying us a ghostly visit with her wails of woe, and an ode to her lost colleagues. Did you know that last public hanging in New York happened in Binghamton to serial killer Edward Rulloff in 1871? The spirit of Edward Rulloff still haunts the streets of Binghamton, and he is still up to his crazy antics in the otherworld. Rulloff was sentenced to death after killing his wife and infant daughter, but was acquitted for the lack of his daughter’s corpse. Several years later he shot and killed a dry goods clerk during a robbery. He was hanged shortly after in the downtown Binghamton area and his last words have been quoted as saying, “Hurry it up! I want to be in Hell in time for dinner!” Since no one claimed his body, his head was donated to Cornell University for research, and grave robbers dug up his buried remains for their own sick pleasure. A walking tour through the streets of Binghamton in mid-October may be enough to send chills down your spine; but when we get to the heart of the matter, and as the story unfolds, we learn of the warmth that this city of ours was founded upon. All of the aforementioned will be accounted for, as well as some surprise guests and haunting history. You’ll learn more about Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Cure-All, step inside the Security Mutual Building to admire the marble architecture and hear from Truman Lacey (a partner of Isaac Perry’s). Tours will be leaving every fifteen minutes from 6-9pm from the Landmark Church, at 126 Court Street, Binghamton. Tickets can be purchased onsite for $10 a person, children 14 and under are $5. Sorry, this event is not handicap friendly or wheelchair accessible in some spots. Bear that in mind when reserving your start time with Crystal at 607-427-9715. Questions can be addressed to Joan Sprague at 607-341-2443.
A MONTH FULL OF BRAAAINS! ZOMBIE WALKS PLANNED FOR BINGHAMTON, OWEGO
Taze Yanick Staff Writer It’s like Mardi Gras for the undead: A big public demonstration of people dressed up in blood, dancing- or limping, or whatever you call zombie locomotion- in the street. The living dead in the flesh. Let’s have a carnival of brains. Brains! On October 4th, the annual October First Friday Binghamton Zombie Walk takes place. On October 26th, Owego is having one too. It’s an international phenomenon. Zombie Walks take place from Rio de Janeiro to New Zealand to Pittsburg to London to Toronto to Beijing. It began in Milwaukee in 2000, when an early flash mob style event was thrown together at a gaming convention. In 2001 Sacramento had its first “Zombie Parade.” The first event to officially be billed as a “zombie walk” took place in Toronto in 2003, organized by a local horror movie fan: it had only six participants. This number has since grown to hundreds, and the event spread to all major Canadian cities. Since the mid-2000s, zombie walks have gone global, and they keep growing. Some, inspired by zombie cinema, go for realism. Participants “eat” victims to create new zombies, in sight of onlookers. Others establish a route and an easily recognizable signal, so that other participants can plant themselves along the route in old, tearable clothes, allowing the mob to discover and devour new victims as the event progresses. As the zombies surround the new victim, they tear clothes and quickly apply makeup and fake blood to create a new zombies, who then search for new victims. Sometimes people dress up as soldiers called in to
contain the outbreak, or survivors who are trying to defend themselves from the onslaught of the zombie horde. Some events are staged as spoof political rallies organized “to raise awareness of zombie rights.” Many zombie walks have also been staged as “hunger marches” with the intent of raising awareness of world hunger and collecting items for food banks. There’s a ceremonial aspect to zombie walks too. Says Robert Wandell, owner of Imagicka, at 75 Court street, a sponsor of the Binghamton event. “[What’s the] inspiration? Samhain, Halloween, and the Celtic New Year, when we honor, talk with, and enjoy the presence of those that have passed.”;-) He continues, “the zombies will gather at 6pm… current plan is at Confluence Park. That may change. In all years past it has begun and ended at Imagicka. It will end this year again at Imagicka, at about 8:30, or whenever the zombies finish the walk. The first few years, we had 30-60 people on the walk, last year was several hundred! This is the undead brain child of Marianne Bauer, with assistance from the Undertaker, Billy Bardo.;-)” The Owego Zombie Fest, on 10/26, features a zombie walk as well. The event begins at 3pm with face painting at the Owego Parkview (145 Front street). At 4:45pm, there’s a performance of Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller” dance and a flash mob put on by Full of Grace Dance Studio. At 5:15pm the actual “zombie walk parade” takes place around the streets of down town. Then, at 6:30pm The Recycled Zombies take stage back at the Parkview (they’ll also be on hand after the Binghamton Zombie Walk, with a performance at Merlin’s at 8:30pm). More info on both events can be found at their respective facebook event pages. We’ll see you there! Forgive us in advance for eating your brains!
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October 2013 Triple Cities Carousel 27
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT:
HAUNTED BINGHAMTON Jason Krueger Contributing Writer
This month, Carousel teamed up with our good friends at What’s Goin’ On Binghamton? for a feature piece exploring the haunted and the unexplained in our dear city. If you haven’t heard about the WGOB crew, well, they’re the second coolest media outlet in the region! They’ve got a website (whatsgoinonbinghamton. com), a facebook page, and a youtube channel that any interested soul could spend about a month sorting through… feature articles and videos exploring a lot of what we at Carousel cover, plus quite a bit more. They sent JASON KRUEGER out to capture a glimpse of the spooky-scary side of Triple Cities afterlife, and we present to you now just a glimpse of that glimpse. For the full article, check out the website.
scuffling their feet back and forth in a rocking chair. In 2003, the Paranormal Ghost Society conducted an investigation in the building. Their website shows pictures of what they claimed to be apparitions, orbs and ectoplasm.
PHELPS MANSION The other Perry building believed to be haunted is the Phelps Mansion on Court Street. Sherman Phelps, a prominent local businessman in the mid to late 19th century (and former mayor), was loved by some but hated by others. A known showoff, Phelps hired Perry to build an imposing mansion in his name. Current caretakers of the mansion speak of candles moving around rooms by themselves and elevators going up and down without anyone in them. Workers also claim to have heard people talking and doors slamming upstairs while they are alone in the mansion. Dogs have also been known to randomly bark when no visible reason exists. One visitor is said to have seen a metal bar come flying out of one of the fireplaces that nearly hit her. Other stories include movement of the hands on a
CASTLE ON THE HILL Binghamton is well known for mid-to-late 19th century buildings and architecture, and no man has played as much a role in the designing of these buildings as Isaac Perry. If you were to stand downtown on the courthouse lawn, many of the buildings you’d see were designed by this man, including the aptly named “Perry Building,” and the Courthouse itself. Perry also designed the gates to Spring Forest Cemetery in Binghamton’s First Ward, and happened to be the first man taken under these gates to The Inebriate Asylum, or “Castle on the Hill.” Photo by Ty Whitbeck. his final resting place upon his death in 1904. At clock that no longer works, as well as footsteps. least two Perry-built structures are believed to be It’s interesting to consider the fact that Phelps may haunted. have been so heavily invested in a mansion built to honor himself that he may have never wanted The first, considered to be Perry’s most beautiful to leave. and elaborate building, is the New York State Inebriate Asylum (or Castle on the Hill as most ROBERSON MUSEUM Binghamton residents know it). Completed in 1864, Another haunted mansion in town, although this large Gothic Revival building looks to be straight not designed by Perry, is the Roberson Mansion. out of a horror movie, and to those it once housed, Today, the Roberson Museum is a learning center it may as well have been. Initially opened as the that houses the original mansion, standing much first hospital in America to treat alcoholism as a as it was when first built in 1904, as well as an disease, it was repurposed in 1881 as an insane addition that houses museum artifacts, paintings asylum. By the end of the 19th century, nearly 600 and displays. Many workers and visitors, however, patients lived in the hospital. While I could find no have claimed to have experienced things beyond specific evidence saying people were mistreated those on the museum walls. It has been reported worse here than any other psych hospital, it’s fair to by workers that the sounds of children playing say that anyone deemed insane in the mid-to-late have been heard, despite there being no children 1800s and early 1900s faced a rather unpleasant in the rooms of the building that seemed to be the life once committed. This was, after all, the first source of the noise. The Roberson family never had psychiatric center to experiment with electro shock children in the mansion, and no other family lived therapy, and in the early days of electricity, you can there after them. be sure not all experiments went as planned. This was also a time when a simple accusation could An employee of the museum claimed to feel a land a man in an institution, and once in, there was presence and see a black entity in the basement no convincing hospital staff or other patients that one time, causing her to run upstairs and tell the you were not insane. The capable patients were other employees, all of whom were on edge for often responsible for chores, including digging some time after seeing her reaction. Soldiers have graves for other patients (marked with little more also been seen after hours, only to disappear at than a piece of wood and a number). second glance. To this day, a section of wood floor inside the building remains sunken in two places, one next to the other… worn away from a long gone patient
These events lend themselves to the belief that entities become attached to physical items and manifest in the vicinity of these items… such as
artifacts kept on display in a museum. Before doing research for this article, I had also heard rumors that a torso and legs had been seen walking down a corridor in the building on the security camera, however I’ve never seen footage to support this, and no one seems to be able to find it. Roberson is near the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers, which was a very important location to Native Americans in the pre European days of the Southern Tier. It’s assumed that the land the Roberson Mansion sits on may have played an important role in the days of the Natives, or may have even been a home site for a family in those days… a family that may have left their own residual energy. THE GABLES On Beethoven Street sits a house known as “The Gables.” The large six family dwelling, built in 1894, has in modern times served as housing for Binghamton University students. In BU Professor Elizabeth Tucker’s book “Haunted Southern Tier,”
she recounts an eyewitness story of a young student going through belongings in the attic when a noise startled her and caused her to look up. The student claimed to see the floating head of an old man in the air. She stated that the man’s eyes were half closed and he looked very serious. The eyewitness also claims she blinked to see if the floating head would go away, but it didn’t, and so she ran downstairs, out of the attic. Later that day, the landlord appeared with some history of The Gables, including a photograph of the original owner, who the student went on to say was the man whose head she had seen floating in the attic. A HAUNTING AT HOME Binghamton’s First Ward is an area that at one time was home to some of Binghamton’s hardest workers and was truly the center of the Valley of Opportunity. In the early to mid-20th century, Binghamton was quite a prosperous city, thanks in large part to immigrants who brought with them the desire to succeed and make a good living for themselves and their families. Many of these residents ended up in the First Ward. A very diverse neighborhood, many recount it as a town unto itself. Along with the struggles and the successes of generations of families comes the memories and possible residual energy left behind by those before us. Mark Dickinson, a local paranormal investigator and guitarist for local horror-punk band The Others, performed one of his first private investigations in the First Ward, at a family residence. The neighborhood
where the house stands, near Sharkey’s Restaurant, was once an apple orchard, and the house was one of the oldest in the neighborhood. The couple who lived in the house had been experiencing some strange sounds and sightings, and the wife requested help in researching what was happening. Her husband was very hesitant and reluctant to speak of anything unusual, coming off almost as a skeptic and disagreeing with his wife’s belief that anything paranormal was happening. Upon entering the house, Dickinson recalls, the atmosphere was very tense. He and his paranormal team set up cameras and used recorders to catch Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs). The team’s electromagnetic meters were giving very high readings, showing that a lot of energy existed in the house which, if you’re into that sort of thing, is thought to be caused by (or the cause of) manifestation of ghosts. One room was even referred to as “The Vortex” because the activity was so high. Dickinson claims today that what startled him most were the voices he both heard and recorded in the basement. He states that listening back on the recording, it sounded as though a room full of people were all talking at the same time. Upon showing these findings to the homeowners, the husband broke his silence and admitted that he had in fact seen the figure of a woman in the basement in the past, but he refused to allow himself to believe it. THE BRASS RAIL On Clinton Street, you can find one of the oldest continually operating bars in Binghamton, The Brass Rail. It is the kind of bar that has remained much as it was nearly a century ago: Irish décor, green paint, dark wood floors and bar… The Brass Rail is a true drinker’s bar. It’s long been my favorite local watering hole because of its direct connection to the past. Patrons sit where laborers from Ansco sat fifty years ago, rubbing their thumbs into the bar to create what’s referred to as “worry holes”… you know, those shallow divots that appear in the counter of any selfrespecting historic, blue collar bar. Masty Huba, the legendary First Ward hobo and drifter of the mid20th century, spent many of his days at this bar, bumming change and drinks for a song or a laugh… a painting of him hangs here (as well as at many of the other local dives he was known to frequent). The owner tells me a story over a drink, about a distributor delivering beer to the bar not so long ago who happened to have an experience while in the basement. The man was stacking beer in the basement cooler when he felt someone near his ear and heard what sounded like a faint voice speaking to him. Thinking someone working at the bar was messing with him, he walked upstairs to ask what the hell was going on, but upon asking, it became quite obvious he had been the only one in the basement at the time. At that point, realizing that he had just had an experience he couldn’t explain, the beer delivery man gathered what he needed and promptly left, refusing to ever set foot in the bar again. The owner laughs off the experience and we both joke about the possibility of the bar being haunted. Who knows?
REAL LI F E GHOST HUNTERS: THE BINGHAMTON AREA PARANORMAL SOCIETY
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Felicia Waynesboro Staff Writer
Think you may have a ghost problem? Or are you brave enough to want to just scare-up some chills? Who ya gonna call…? If you live around here and want a solid investigation of seemingly unknown presences you suspect cannot be explained by our current knowledge of science and nature, you might want to call the Binghamton Area Paranormal Society (BAPS). “As opposed to assuming that every creak, noise and whistle is something paranormal,” explains Derek S., founder of BAPS, his team goes into an investigation fully loaded with scientific, high-tech equipment- and open minds- prepared to “disprove every claim before actually claiming it on a paranormal basis.” The results of an investigation end on one of four levels on the Paranormal Scale: 1 2 3 4
No Paranormal Activity/Spiritual Energy Spiritual Energy Paranormal Activity Haunted!
Binghamton, requested an investigation of strange goings-on at the restaurant. Diners still occasionally call Wendy over to their tables and report seeing objects move by themselves during a meal. “Oh yes, we all sometimes hear a woman’s voice say, ‘Hello’,” Dubé reports of her own experience and the staff’s in off-hours. She says a candle was once propelled off a shelf, doors open on their own, footsteps are heard in an empty room overhead, there is often disembodied banging, and her daughter Stephanie, a server at the restaurant, once held a fairly lengthy conversation with someone whowhen Stephanie looked up from her chore- turned out not to be there. Four members of the BAPS Team began the Brass Lantern investigation one evening at closing time. They set up their equipment and the last of the restaurant staff left them there at about 2am. A few days later, BAPS presented the restaurant with a host of evidence of paranormal activity from what seem to be four spirits. The most stimulating evidence was the voices on EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recordings. “It’s pretty cool,” beams Dubé. “No one ever gets a bad feeling. There’s nothing negative that’s ever happened.”
There are no formal credentials for ghost hunting. Derek began BAPS in 2008 and prefers the partial anonymity of using just the initial “S” rather than his last name because of the speculative nature of his avocation. The work first attracted him because of his own personal experiences, and his interest deepened as a result of talking with and studying others and their experiences. Arguably, the closest any university comes, at present, to academic ghost-study is in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh’s Koestler Parapsychology Unit- though this is part of the Psychology Department and deals more with psychic phenomena rather than emphasizing non-psychic contact with paranormal energies. The BAPS Team currently consists of 8 members, none of whom are psychics or mediums. They are experienced paranormal researchers, all with other day jobs- which is one practical reason why investigations are conducted after dark. (Derek confirms that things that go “bump,” as the saying goes, do so in the daytime as well as at night.) Investigations are always free of charge. In 2011, Wendy Dubé, owner and operator of the Brass Lantern Tavern on Chenango Bridge Road in
But what if it turns out to be not so cool? What if the spirits behave threateningly and seem evil or dangerous? First of all, Derek insists that even the Brass Lantern is only a Level 3 location- not fully qualifying as “Haunted!” By their standards, the BAPS Team has “not yet seen a solid Level 4,” he says. Neverthe-less, should you fear a manifestation too much to live with it, BAPS can direct you to someone to rid you of the menace. Usually it will be a religious power that a client feels comfortable with to be “capable” and “suitable” enough to do it. “TV and Hollywood have really changed this research field throughout the years- for good and bad,” says Derek S. “People being pushed down stairs… those things are very, very rare occurrences.” As Derek once stated in a passionate essay, “In reality, there are plenty more Casper-like encounters than there are demonic ones.” Investigations are free but the team also offers paid services. If you want the thrills of taking part in a Ghost Hunt or you fancy a lesson on how to conduct your own paranormal investigation, a list of possibilities on customizing these adventures is available at the BAPS website www.binghamtonparanormal. com along with more detailed information. You can even listen to some compelling EVP’s- if you dare!
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October 2013 Triple Cities Carousel 29
Stacey Burke Staff Writer
The arrival of autumn in New York brings with it an overwhelming craving for pumpkin for many of us- from coffee, lattes and milkshakes to cookies, breads and pies. Unfortunately, many ways we consume pumpkin are far from healthy, considering that pumpkin itself is actually a vegetable. Yes, a healthy, good for us, nutrient dense vegetable. This gourd packs almost 100% of the beta-carotene (Vitamin A) you need for an entire day, in just 1/2 a cup! Research tells us foods rich in this vitamin may reduce our risk for certain cancers, and protect us against diseases. But, to keep in the spirit of Halloween, I had to share a treat, and this healthier twist is one of my favorites. You can savor the indulgences of this ‘candy’ without all the added junk, because this simple to make cup is a good to eat treat! Just a touch of added sweetener, but with all the benefits of nut butter, coconut oil, pumpkin and cacao. Go ahead, try it out!
John and Michele Bleichert at WSBC. Photo Provided.
WATER STREET BREWING CO:
A KEG FULL OF COMMUNITY
Maria “Murph” Murphy Staff Writer
They have only been around for a year and a half, but from their reputation you would think the Water Street Brewing Co. has been a part of Downtown Binghamton for years. This may be because of their deep involvement with the community (see: First Friday Art Walk, Restaurant Week, and various fundraisers), or possibly because they have been at the forefront of a widespread craze that is pouring micro-brewery after micro-brewery into the Southern Tier. Either way, this brew pub has established itself within the community and has even become a cornerstone in the revitalization of the downtown stretch. “We wanted to be more a part of it [the downtown community] and help people out,” says John Bleichert, co-owner and brew master of Water Street Brewing Co. His wife and co-owner, Michele Bleichert, continues, “Our goal has always been to be involved in the community.” With their passion, this local couple not only has the skills to run a successful business- Michele organizes the kitchen and storefront while John hones his engineering knowledge into the brewerybut they also have the insight to balance these skills and grow at their own pace.
“We try not to do everything, but we evolve,” Michele explains.
Michele and John opened the Brewery last March because they both shared a love for beer, as well as a mutual desire to be business owners. “We both wanted to own our own business, but hadn’t decided what to do,” she goes on, “We had been home-brewing together for a while and thought, ‘Why don’t we just try to do this?’... so we did.” And their trying efforts were not without success. As of this month, WSBC has brewed twenty-five different kinds of beers. Most of the beers are geared toward English or German style ale, but that does not keep them from getting creative in the process. “The nice thing about a brew pub is that you can experiment,” John says. “Still, we also like to have simple beers that pair well with the food.” But it’s Water Street’s slogan that really says it all: ‘Fresh, local, uncomplicated.’ With the use of local food and an active involvement in the community, it is their daily effort to keeping those three words strongly ingrained in their company. “Local, to us, is not just about food... it’s about the community,” states Michele. As much as John and Michele are ‘all about the community,’ they are also, of course, all about the beer! And they want to share this with the community they care so much about.
“Most of what any brewery does is educate,” John explains. “A lot of people come in without a whole lot of knowledge about beer or brewing.” “And they’re our favorite customers,” adds Michele. Over the past two years or so, the Binghamton area has finally been seeing itself in an upward swing, especially since the University has been growing so vastly. With that growth will soon come a reclaiming of the throne, a chance to be proud about calling ourselves the Parlor City, where people passing through will want to stop and spend some time in the Binghamton area. John and Michele have seen this possibility and are planning to take it for all its worth. “Binghamton is a cross-roads for a lot of New York State, and people have to pass through here to get to other places,” says John. “We want to give them a reason to stop.” And what better of a reason to stop than for the great beer, great food, and welcoming community that can be found at Water Street Brewing Co? Even man’s best friend can enjoy a taste of the brewery with ‘Barley Bites’, dog biscuits made from brewing grains, flour, eggs, and peanut butter. Water Street Brewing Co. is located at 168 Water Street (Across from Boscov’s) and is open TuesdayThursday: 4pm to 11pm, Friday-Saturday: 12pm to 12am, and Sunday: 12pm to 7pm. Their full menu, wine, and beer list can be found on their website, waterstreetbrewingco.com.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups Ingredients: 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. raw cacao (you can substitute unsweetened cocoa powder) 2 tbsp. of 100% pure maple syrup or agave nectar (optional– dash of vanilla) 1/4 cup liquid extra-virgin coconut oil (melt to make liquid) 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree 2 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter (Feel free to sub another nut butter). 1/8 tsp. cinnamon (and/or optional pinch pumpkin pie spice) Directions: In a bowl, combine the first three ingredients and stir into a sauce. Fill just the bottoms of cupcake liners or mini cupcake liners with the sauce, reserving the rest. Place liners in the freezer for 8 – 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together pumpkin, peanut butter and spice to form a paste. Remove the liners from freezer and top each with filling (approximately 1 teaspoon in each of ten, if using mini cupcake liners). Cover with sauce, and place back into the freezer until solid. (You will likely have leftover chocolate!) Keep stored in the freezer (as coconut oil melts at room temperature!). Enjoy!
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Each month, we check in with KRISTINA STRAIN for advice on what we should be doing with our gardens. Greetings, Carousel readers. This dispatch comes to you from deep within the Fennel Forest that has taken over a section of my garden. It is deeply, vibrantly green in here, and it smells of licorice, buzzes with bees, and is adorned with wildly striped black-white-green caterpillars. I had never grown fennel before this year: every aspect of this amazing plant has been a total surprise. And a sweet-smelling surprise at that. Is there any better kind? The speck-sized, unassuming seeds were planted in mid-May, and slowly they sprouted. Slowly they grew, too, until about the second week of June, when- bolstered, I imagine, by warm rains- they initiated a near-tropical growth spurt. The fronds fanned; the height of the row challenged and then topped four feet. Had you a clingy toddler dogging you and whining for candy, you could come out here to my garden and lose him, perhaps permanently. At the base of each frondy behemoth, a pale green bulb swells in the soil. This is the part typically consumed by the consummate fennel-phile, but the beauty of growing it yourself is, you don’t have to stop there. Yesterday, I ground a sack of fronds in my food processor with crushed red pepper, garlic, lemon zest, and a generous glug of oil. Fennel pesto, presto! Later in the month you’ll likely find me caramelizing sliced fennel bulb in the roasting pan, with little more than oil and salt. It’s too good for words, but you’ll just have to trust me on that count. Fennel strikes me as extraordinary, because usually, in the realm of home-growing, the insanely delicious items- the luscious red tomatoes, the sweet baby carrots, the glorious fresh basil- are finicky and fickle. The obliging stuff is the cabbage, the beans, the squash, the kale… that last one even sounds like the kind of groan you make when you’ve eaten too much. Fennel grows like a weed, apparently, and who could ever sick of its sweet crunch in a salad or its impressive elevation of potato soup to near-ambrosial status? If you find yourself bored with the usual beans, potatoes, tomatoes and squash of home gardening, if your garden has become a routinehow sad- then get thee some fennel seeds for next year’s season. Aside from the obvious culinary benefits- outlined above- you’ll receive a welcome boost of garden self-esteem. “What is that stuff?” star-struck visitors will ask, strolling through your garden gate. Just be prepared to amaze them.
HEARTY, WHOLESOME FOOD ABOUNDS
AT WHOLE IN THE WALL Whole in the Wall. Photo by Ty Whitbeck.
Ahlpheh Ohtis Wilson Staff Writer Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves or the smell of fall in the air, but this time of year always has me craving home style meals.
I had always been under the impression that Whole In The Wall served light fare to a primarily vegetarian audience, however, on my recent visit I was pleasantly surprised with a hearty meal that made me yearn for autumn. Whole In The Wall restaurant (located at 43 South Washington Street in Binghamton) is nestled in with a group of small businesses just across the walking bridge from downtown. The exterior is rustic with dark wood paneling on the lower half of the building and a flat orange paint on top, adorned with a large colorful sign. There is a small patio out front with three wrought iron tables for two, and parking in the rear. The first thing you may notice about the building is the large oval window that peeks into an interior that transports one to a much earlier time in Binghamton. Inside, the decor is very subtle, with floor to ceiling knotty pine wainscoting, muted pendant lighting and a nice stained glass window above the aforementioned porthole. The walls are decorated with everything from a Native American theme near the kitchen and portraits of the building many years before to a large wall dedicated to displaying local artists’ work. The antique deli case that serves as the wait staff area reminds one that there was a time when one could actually have personal contact with the butcher/grocer who provided your goods. All of
the furniture is a nice dark wood that blends well with the floor and walls. The restaurant offers both booth seating and tables, and can accommodate parties of sixteen or more (obviously with a reservation). On each table sits clay pottery lanterns, and tastefully placed throughout the restaurant are various antiques. On weekend evenings, customers are greeted with live piano music. The atmosphere is very welcoming, and the hum of conversations around the room make it feel more like a family gathering that a night out. I chose to visit Whole In The Wall during Binghamton’s Restaurant Week, so that I would have a chance to sample all four courses. My dinner date and I started with two appetizers: Broccoli Tempura and the Babappetizer. The tempura (like a fried broccoli lollipop) was crispy and light with bright fresh broccoli that remained crunchy and firm despite being fried. Perfecting tempura is quite an art, and after many attempts at home, I will now defer to Whole In The Wall when that craving hits. It was served with a tangy and sweet homemade Russian dressing. The Babappetizer, an eggplant spread infused with lots of onion and garlic, was served with warm pita wedges. The Baba had a nice burst of lemon, and the dice of the onion and garlic provided a nice texture for the smooth blend of the eggplant. For our second course, I chose the Organic mixed green salad, and my guest went with the homemade minestrone. The salad was a nice bed of mixed greens accented with green peppers, red onion, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and fresh sprouts (which always remind me how much one’s palate changes as we mature- they used to send me running scared from the table). The minestrone was hearty and perfect for a chilly autumn evening, riddled with chunks of zucchini and carrots, slivers of white onion and a garnish of parmesan cheese,
with a broth nicely thickened by the barley. For our main courses we chose the Broiled Bluefish and the Whole Enchilada. The enchiladas were stuffed with ground chicken, cheddar cheese and “secret spicy Cosmo sauce,” topped with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers and sprouts (plus a dollop of sour cream). While a lot of places will hide the flavor of an enchilada with salt and salsa, I found these to be quite simple and flavorful, and I could easily discern the cumin, coriander and cayenne. The fresh veggies were a nice touch. The Broiled Bluefish was outstanding. It came simmering in a crock of butter, lemon and garlic, and was smothered in a blanket of melted parmesan, with a side of organic brown rice. My guest and I both thought of that diner scene from “When Harry met Sally” when taking our first bite… all jokes aside, it is that good. For dessert, we chose the brownie sundae and the mango sorbet. The brownie sundae was delicious, and the raspberry sauce coupled with the hint of cinnamon gave it a very unique flavor. The mango sorbet made by Ciao Bella was also a nice light finish to a hearty meal. Whole In The Wall is also quite well known for its homemade pesto, which can be purchased in-house or ordered online to be shipped to that favorite nephew (in lieu of awful Christmas fruitcake). The owner, Elliot Fiks, does nutritional consultations, and makes it a priority to get involved in helping out worthwhile causes in the greater Binghamton community. If all of this wasn’t enough, he also provides a pantry on-site, offering everything from organic eggs to cookies and t-shirts. So, as winter approaches and that craving for wholesome and homemade comes over you, take a trip to the Whole In The Wall and ENJOY!
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CULT MOVIE THURSDAYS AT THE BUNDY
The Cult Movies series makes a real effort to ensure that its presentations are not just opportunities for movie-watching but real events. “I’m interested not only in showing art from the past but showing a living art too. Showing that it’s part of a living culture and experiencing it that way,” Rubenstein says. Each film is augmented with original artwork based on its subject matter, created by Paul Flatfish of Shaman’s Den Body Arts, and screen printed live onto posters and t-shirts by Muckles Ink. Door prizes abound, and October 31st’s upcoming Halloween double-feature of “Night of the Living Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead” will also feature a costume contest.
Charles Berman Staff Writer
Binghamton’s Bundy Museum of History and Art is now presenting a continuing series of “Cult Movie Thursdays” screenings on Thursday nights at 8pm in the Annex building of the museum at 129 Main Street in Binghamton. The screenings look to combine pure appreciation of unusual and rare films with a party atmosphere (beer and prizes appear every week!) and a strong effort to encourage new local artistic endeavors to rise out of appreciation for (or, yes, sometimes laughter at) old ones. The series is the brainchild of Nick Rubenstein, a University of Rochester graduate with a lifelong love of old movies, who eventually found himself in California running a ‘zine about the San Francisco counterculture, music, and hotrod cars of the 1950s and 1960s. From there it was only a hop, skip, and a jump to the sometimes kooky, incredibly febrile, and somewhat forgotten genre of hotrod and biker films of the time. “That’s really what got me more versed in the esoteric aspects of the film industry from that time,” he says. And sure enough a series of the more entertaining and exemplary hotrod and “juvenile delinquent” films of the time is scheduled for the upcoming weeks.
Cult Movie Thursdays aftermath. Photo by Ty Whitbeck.
ence-fiction failure “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” but he’s quick to point out that a cult film series is not necessarily a venue for watching bad movies: “Cult movies,” he explains, are “movies that people are rabid about in one way or another- that have inspired a following.” As an expert in the field, and a man whose personal enthusiasm for the subject is undeniably infectious, Rubenstein is perfectly positioned to make clear why these films have the small-but-fanatical followings that they have. “I try to curate,” he explains, “insofar as it is a museum. I’m trying to give people a history of the culture that the movie resided within. A little bit of context, in a way.”
To that end, the movies are not presented on their own but as part of an entire program. Whole films are shown alongside trailers for other movies that, apart from being entertaining in their own light, do a great job of illuminating the main features place as part of a genre. “People wouldn’t be interested in seeing movies about acid heads who murder people- but they might watch a trailer and think it’s very humorous that they made that,” explains Rubenstein, who recently enhanced a showing of the (surprisingly somber and steeped in postnuclear commentary) “Godzilla” film from 1954 with a series of twenty different trailers for different Japanese “kaiju” monster films from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Seeing these films, even to those familiar with them from late-night television viewing, is a new experience on the big screen and as a part of a crowd. “One thing that seems to be lost to the current generation of movie fans is the concept of seeing movies with random strangers, Rubenstein explains. “It’s kind of fun to have this interaction with people who come from different backgrounds and have different takes on it and different reactions… I would see a lot of movies on 42nd Street and people would yell at the screen. People would yell “Oh, don’t do that!’ At home you might think those things but having someone four rows up suddenly yell that is a tension breaker.” October’s program features a series of films about old dark houses, in the best scary-movie tradition, starting with the original “House on Haunted Hill,” on October 3rd. Admission is $6, and more information about upcoming films is available at bundymuseum.org.
SPOOL MFG TO BRING ‘TRANSIENT VISIONS’
Rubenstein, led off the film series with Ed Wood’s infamously terrible (and terribly hilarious) 1959 sci-
Maria “Murph” Murphy Staff Writer
Lookout, Sundance! A new film festival is in motion and it’s coming to Johnson City this October. Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image will be celebrating the history of film-making in Upstate New York. The event will take place over two evenings and will feature all independent, short films that are
“challenging normal Hollywood conventions of film,” Brian Murphy, co-director of Transient Visions and professor at Binghamton University and Broome Community College, explains. “If Hollywood movies are novels, then these are like poems.”
And what a better venue to present these ‘poems in motion’ than at Spool Mfg? These will be more than just traditional cinema and movie theatre films, and thus call for a space that is more than a theatre. They need an art space. “It [Spool] offers an adaptable space for us to display the films,” explains Murphy.
The films are all twenty minutes or less in duration and have been chosen from a large pool of videos that have been sent in during the previous months. “We got over one hundred films, and we watched them all.” Murphy has been working with co-director Tomonari Nishikawa, also a professor of cinema at BU, for months in preparation for the festival. And he has found it to be a great partnership. “I enjoy working with him,” says Murphy. “He’s an amazing artist... very inspirational, very driven.” The concept of the festival began when both Murphy and Nishikawa saw a lack of film opportunities in
Broome County and were looking to fill it. This festival is their attempt to begin that process. “We are hoping to make this an annual event... and eventually do more throughout the year.”
The Film Festival will be held at Spool Mfg. (138 Baldwin Street, Johnson City) on Friday, October 18th, with a 7pm to 8:30pm screening and a 10pm live performance, and on Saturday October 19th with a 7:30pm to 9pm screening. There is no admission charge. For more information visit ansientvisions.org or find it on Facebook at “Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image”.
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by MASTROIANNI AND HART
HOROSCOPES WIZARD OF ID
by PARKER, MASTROIANNI, AND HART
Each month, CAROUSEL features a guest horoscope columnist. For October, we welcome ERIC YETTER, the Owego face behind behind Sasquatch Music, a local production company responsible for many local shows as of late. As far as we know, he knows nothing about astrology.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Be nice to the (wo) mannequin while shopping. You never know who you might meet while drinking downtownmaybe they live at Boscov’s. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You will be successful in everything you do. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You will not be successful at much.
DOGS OF C-KENNEL
by MICK AND MASON MASTROIANNI
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) I know you are thinking about getting plastic surgery, but don’t do it. You look great! What has society done to us to make you think you need to cut open your body? Just get a Northface jacket and black leggings, and your problems will be solved. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Watch out for talking dolls- those marketers and scientists today can make them do anything. Don’t trust anyone named Tina- she could wreck you. Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) If you’re in a diner, say, the Skylark, would you be able to tell who the real Martian was? Is it the old dude, the college kid, the waitress, the cops, or… you? Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19) Don’t get on a UFO and go to another planet. Just don’t do it. No matter how good it may seem, how nice the aliens are, how they fix everything… they are going to eat you.
DEAR RUMMY Got a question for Rummy? He is learned in many subjects, and he is more than willing to make it up the rest of the time. Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put ‘Dear Rummy’ in the subject! Check back in future issues to see if he’s answered you!
Dear Rummy, Does this look infected? Sincerely, Oozing with Anticipation Dear Oozing, Yes. Truly yours, Rummy
Dear Rummy, With all this talk about a possible government shutdown, I’m starting to get scared. Can they do that? What happens if the government shuts down? Why do we vote for these people if they can’t do their jobs? Sincerely yours, Awaiting Anarchy
Dear Awaiting, Finally, a question worth answering! I ask myself many of these same questions, and I only hope that by the time this paper is printed, a solution has been reached. I shall answer your questions in the order they were asked. First, can they do that? Yes, they can. They’ve done it quite a few times before. Second, what happens if the government shuts
down? Well, for one thing, national parks would be closed until the government starts up again. Many, many government employees would be temporarily out of work, and many of those that aren’t will be working without a paycheck. Oddly enough, the very people that can’t seem to agree on anything and are thus the very reason for an eminent shutdown… they still get paid. I wonder what would happen if the editor of Carousel decided to shut down the paper, but still take a whole bunch of advertising dollars from people. Hmm? The post office, funded by stamps, would still operate, and air traffic controllers and the ever important TSA would still be working as well. Third, why do we vote for people if they can’t do their jobs? Well, because we’re sheep. Hope this helps! Truly yours, Rummy
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) I am pretty sure you are the monster. Your friends know it. You have been acting funny- plus your phone always has service, even in the sticks. Get ‘em! Gemini (May 21-Jun. 20) If you go back in time, make sure you ride a carousel. If you see yourself as a kid, just leave yourself alone. You will be fine. You are fine, really. You aren’t supposed to mess with stuff like that. Cancer (Jun. 21-Jul. 22) A peddler will come up to you and give you what you need. If he hands you a dollar in quarters, get off your lazy ass and feed the meter. If he hands you a breath mint, be more conscious of who you talk to after you order extra onions on your sub. If he hands you an alibi, then you’re probably Aaron Hernandez. Leo (Jul. 23-Aug. 22) Beware of taking flight with Captain Kirk. He will be freaking out, and there will be gremlins on the wing. He has always been real paranoid. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Take time to read a book, any book, but not “50 Shades of Grey”it would be better to have your glasses break after an apocalyptic bomb than to read that.
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